TORRANCE, Calif. (KTLA) — A former junior ROTC cadet at a high school in Torrance and his family were speaking out Thursday about alleged sexual abuse during a hazing ritual.
Joseph Wall, 18, claimed he was sexually assaulted during a week-long ROTC training retreat at Camp Pendleton.
It allegedly happened back in 2010, when Wall was attending North High School in Torrance.
Wall, who was 16 at the time, said he was sodomized during a hazing ritual. He said he has not been able to recover ever since.
“They grabbed me and pinned me and tried to shove a flashlight up my rectum,” Wall alleged.
Wall’s stepfather, Ricardo Rodriguez, said he has been searching for answers for three straight years.
“What bothers me is that if this was an initiation for cadets into a program, then there’s more than one,” he said.
Rodriguez claimed that North High School has deliberately kept the hazing incident quiet.
“It’s something that not only did Joey report, but also apparently another cadet had reported it also,” Rodriguez said.
The family was wrapped up in a legal battle with the Torrance School District.
“Why is the school hiding this? How many more kids out there were victims?” Rodriguez asked.
Meantime, Wall has been home-schooled since the alleged incident. He said he hoped that telling his story would help him recover.
“I just try to hang out with people, try to do things to help me interact with people,” he said.
KTLA reached out to both North High School and the Torrance School District, but both had no comment on the allegations.