Five players at D3 Wheaton College facing felony charges after hazing allegations

Noah Spielman James Cooksey Kyler Kregel Ben Pettway Samuel Te Bos

Noah Spielman James Cooksey Kyler Kregel Ben Pettway Samuel Te Bos

Five football players at Wheaton College in IL are facing felony charges stemming from a 2016 hazing incident with a teammate. "That's just criminal in nature and that's essentially what happened here".

According to the Chicago Tribune, the victim drove himself to a hospital after getting back to the dorm, where he was diagnosed with muscle tears in both shoulders. Also, he said that because the students all reside outside IL, the interviews that began before the end of the school year could not conclude until the students returned to class in the following fall. But, detectives spoke with them Monday night, and arrangements are in the works.

When the students finally made it to a baseball diamond, they allegedly left the freshman half-naked in the dirt and without his phone.

Chief Volpe says the investigation stretched on because it involved multiple student interviews, and many had left campus for break after the alleged incident in March.

The student said his teammates then pulled down his shorts and underwear before repeatedly trying to use an unidentified object to sodomise him.

All are listed on the team roster, and three of them played in the game that the No. 4-ranked Division III team played on Saturday, according to the Tribune.

The victim, who the Tribune is not naming, left the conservative Christian school in IL shortly after the incident and now attends college in Indiana. "They are very serious charge".

Rather than go to the west suburban campus and arrest the athletes, Wheaton police said they allowed the players to turn themselves in because they had all been cooperative with the investigation and were not considered a threat to public safety.

"As of 8 a.m. (CT) this morning, none of the gentlemen accused in this case have turned themselves in to authorities", DuPage County State's Attorney's office spokesperson Paul Darrah told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. Their bonds were reportedly set at $50,000.

"Wheaton College aspires to provide an educational environment that is not only free of hazing, but practices our values as a Christian community".

In a statement obtained by The New York Post, the college said it was "deeply troubled" by the allegations and took "corrective actions", but declined to elaborate, citing federal privacy laws. This incident has prompted our Board of Trustees to engage outside experts to lead a campus-wide review of the level of effectiveness of our anti-hazing policy and of the culture around how students treat one another in our campus communities, athletic teams, and organizations.

Wheaton College added that the school fully cooperated with the police investigation and stressed that the college had good reason to withhold from publicly addressing the situation. The school said it hired a third party to investigate the allegation a year ago and took "corrective actions", but officials declined to provide details on any punishment, citing federal privacy laws. To not impede the law enforcement investigation, the College was bound by confidentiality and unable to share more information until now.

"In 2014, we revised our anti-hazing policy and improved our training protocols to include a formal review of our anti-hazing policy with all student athletes every year, with required student signatures; we also require annual training for residence assistants who are responsible for residence hall activities".

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