LAS VEGAS, N. M. (KRQE) - Some Robertson High Schoolfootball players were able to fight off sexual assaults at apreseason training camp where other boys were sodomized by olderplayers, according to a newly released New Mexico State Policereport.
The 102-page report concludes as many as half a dozen youngerplayers were sodomized with a broom handle at the out-of-town camplast month. Word of the alleged assaults circulated quickly,and State Police were waiting at Robertson when buses brought theteam back from the camp.
Information in the report will be used by prosecutors todetermine what if any criminal charges will be filed.
The allegations rocked the northeastern New Mexico communitywith its two separate school districts and deep support for highschool sports.
"If you look at it there has always been tradition of littlekinds of hazing," Jarrod Phillips, a former Robertson student,said. "Nothing bad."
Page by page the report said a group of Robertson juniorsinitiated lower classmen at a football camp last month by sexuallyassaulting them with broomsticks.
The criminal reports names at least six potential victims. One of them told investigators he was assaulted six times beforethe accused football players stopped.
"Nothing at Robertson every happened to me like that, andnothing to any of my friends to tell you the truth," Phillipssaid.
The report also quotes one of the alleged victims as saying hetold coaches about the assault the next day. A witness alsotold State Police a coach walked in on one of the allegedassaults.
"It's unclear what exactly they saw, but there were coaches thatmaybe stopped one of these assaults," state Department of PublicSafety spokesman Peter Olson said.
Now an attorney representing some of the alleged victims isasking the accused be tried as adults. Phillips said hebelieves the accused players should face criminal charges.
"They deserve it," he said. "Those kids will be scared forthe rest of their lives."
In addition to the victims named in the report other footballplayers told police they fought off the alleged hazingattempt. One player said he slept with his football helmetfor the rest of camp.
It's up to the Santa Fe district attorney to decide if theaccused will be charged criminally. The district attorney inLas Vegas bowed own of the case citing conflicts of interest.
So far four of the accused students have been suspended fromschool while two are still awaiting hearings. The Las VegasCity Schools also suspended the athletic director and the footballcoaching staff.
The director has since returned to work, but the coaches allresigned.
KRQE | Reporter: Crystal Gutierrez | Web Producer: Bill Diven
Previous coverage: 2:38 p.m. Sept. 11, 2008
LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Officials have released a 102-page report on theirinvestigation into allegations of hazing at a high school footballcamp.
The report includes statements from victims and the accused,along with other students, teachers and coaches, explaining whathappened at the mid-August camp that was supposed to be a bondingperiod for the Robertson High School football team.
The interviews gave graphic detail about alleged sexual assaultson several lowerclassmen.
One of the interviews states that three football players wereallegedly assaulted with a broom handle over their clothes.
One of the victims told coaches about the incident on the sameday of the assault, and, according to Peter Olson of the stateDepartment of Public Safety, a coach may have been able to stop oneassault.
None of the accused students has been arrested or criminallycharged, but four students have been expelled from school for theremainder of the year.
Two other students are awaiting hearings with school officialsabout their futures in the school district.
The state Public Education Department's ethics board is lookingat the school district's investigation regarding the Robertsoncoaches, who voluntarily resigned from their duties.
KRQE | Reporter: Crystal Gutierrez | Web Producer: Todd Dukart
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