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Update: DHS Hazing Involved Sexual Assault

One of the four students being charged was directly involved with assaulting a younger football player.

 

The Dedham Police announced on Thursday that four students are being charged for the hazing incident that happened last week. And WHDH is reporting that it involved an older student sexually assaulting a younger player in the locker room at Dedham High School.

it's not clear how the other three are getting charged, but they were involved in the incident.

One parent from the football team told WHDH that the situation is "...being blown out of proportion..." because of the school's new zero tolerance policy against hazing and bullying.

But there are other parents in Dedham who disagree.

“I’m glad the policy’s there because if it happened to my child I would want something done,” Londergan told reporters.

If convicted, the students can face up to $3,000 in a fine and a year in jail due to the anti-hazing law.  It is also illegal to not report a hazing incident.

Jack September 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
If it's a sexual assault, then the alleged assailants likely are being charged as adults, therefore, by law, there names are a matter of public record.
Avon Barksdale September 28, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Minors charged with sexual crimes are not regularly charged as adults. In most cases they are only charged as adults if there is some compelling reason (like the crime is tremendously violent or heinous). In fact, recently in Kentucky the courts considered charging a girl with contempt for tweeting the names of her juvenile attackers (in the end good sense prevailed and she was not charged).
Telling it like it is September 28, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Compare last weeks losing squad to this weeks losing squad, and you'll find out who the culprits are.
Jack September 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@Avon, there are different standards depending on their actual age. A 14 year old would be dealt differently from a 17 year old. From the reports, it sounds like these guys were either 16 or 17 (if they were upperclassmen and under 18). @Telling, That doesn't factor into injuries -- and given this team's recent history, kids that are kicked off (for any reason) or quit (because they hate losing)
Avon Barksdale September 29, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Yeah, a 14 year old would be dealt with differently than a 17 year old - it would be even more rare for a 14-year-old to be tried as an adult. It's still uncommon for 17-year-olds to be tried in adult courts, not "likely" as you stated.
Marcelle September 29, 2012 at 02:45 AM
If you want to close your eyes and call it hazing shame on you, FACT it was bulling at its worst sexual assault is a crime please don't insult us someone is down playing this and it makes me sick punish these punks to the fullest extent of the law no matter who they know or related to.........& yes I'm speaking about Dedham High Varsity Football Team key word TEAM (Just a bunch of PUNKS)
Avon Barksdale September 29, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Marcelle, I'm not sure who you're talking to, and you seem a bit unhinged. Nobody here seems to be downplaying the incident, the matter was turned over to the police and they have filed charges - is there something more that should be happening? The real world is not a one-hour episode of Law & Order and the legal process takes time. And I'm not quite clear how smearing a whole team of kids by calling them all "punks" does any good whatsoever.
No Name October 01, 2012 at 03:42 PM
the "upper classmen" are NOT Seniors. and they are NOT 17YRS either. anyone with kids in DHS knows who they are, and so don't there parents.

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