William Scott, 16, plead not guilty to cruelty toward a child, allowing a child to engage in a sexual act and possession of obscene material. A judge ordered him on 21 days of home detention and he is barred from entering school grounds during the time and is not allowed to have any contact with anyone under 15.
Scott is the first person arrested in the alleged incident, which reportedly involved a 15-year-old girl and up to 25 boys. At least several of the boys are said to be members of the football team in South Myers, and Scott is considered one of the best high school running backs in southwestern Florida, according to NBC affiliate WBBH.
He played for Bishop Verot for two seasons and was expected to suit up this fall at South Fort Myers. He was suspended for two games during the 2015 season but still managed to run for nearly 1,500 yards in eight games.