Ten Pennsylvania HS students have been charged … after a month-long investigation into allegations of hazing and sexual assault involving the school’s football team.
Like us Previously reportedMiddletown Area High School’s football season was canceled in August after several cellphone videos emerged that appeared to show serious incidents of hazing at the school.
The MAHS superintendent said the footage was “disturbing and upsetting”. Other officials said one of the videos showed two players holding down a group of students while pushing two boys with a muscle therapy gun and other sports equipment into the turf room.
Lower Swatara Township Police and the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigations Division opened an investigation … and on Wednesday, the Dauphin County District Attorney Francis T. Chardo announced they were billing 10 students in the case.
“Two students, both seventeen years old, have been charged with multiple counts of criminal attempt to commit involuntary deviant sex, indecent assault, unlawful restraint, common assault and hazing,” Chardo said in a statement.
The other students were charged with various offenses of unlawful restraint, common assault, hazing and violation of hazing law.
Officials say the cases will be processed through the juvenile system.
Officials say the investigation revealed that six student-athletes – aged between 14 and 17 – were victimized in the case… but there could be more.
“As many as six other students may have been assaulted, but they were reluctant to cooperate with police,” Chardo said.
Police say they will continue to investigate … and urge anyone with information to call Dauphin County Detectives at 717-780-6200.