Indiana school suspends 2 over soccer team sexual assault

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 4:21 PM

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana high school students have been suspended and others are facing possible suspension after a boys soccer player told police was sexually assaulted by teammates as part of an initiation, the school district superintendent said.

The Juvenile Division of the Lake County Prosecutor's office said it has begun the process of charging the suspects in the Feb. 5 assault in a locker room, The (Munster) Times reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1R0sDoF ).

The students were from Hammond Clark High School. The Hammond schools have turned the matter over to police and have contacted Child Protective Services, Superintendent Walter Watkins said. Watkins also has sent a letter to Clark High parents "letting them know we were investigating an allegation of hazing."

The player told police as many as eight teammates participated in the assault. Someone tried to help him but that person was outnumbered and overpowered, police said.

The accuser said that afterward he was forced into a shower stall, the water was turned on and the suspects left.

Watkins said a student who wasn't involved in the attack "told his mother what happened, and she, in turn, contacted the mother of the alleged victim." He said he believed the accuser was a freshman.

A similar case involving the Carmel High School boys basketball team in suburban Indianapolis occurred in January 2010. Four players eventually were convicted of misdemeanor assault and expelled for attacking students in a locker room in Hamilton County or on a team bus. A lawyer for one 14-year-old complainant says his client was sodomized through his shorts.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com