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Sexual hazing of soccer players alleged at So. Calif. high school

La Puente High School in Pomona, Calif., where members of the boys' soccer team are accused of sexual hazing of younger players.
CBS Los Angeles
(CBS) POMONA, Calif. - Felony sex charges have been filed against three boys accused of sexually hazing freshman students at La Puente High School in Pomona, Calif., CBS Los Angeles reported.

Four 14 and 15-year-old boys, who had made La Puente High's Varsity soccer team, were allegedly sexually assaulted by their older teammates in a room next to the coach's office in May 2012, according to attorney Brian Claypool.

According to CBS Los Angeles, two 17-year-olds were charged with one felony count each of sexual penetration with a foreign object and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as four misdemeanor counts each of sexual battery and hazing involving four victims.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with one felony count each of sexual penetration with a foreign object and assault with a deadly weapon and two misdemeanor counts each of sexual battery and hazing involving two victims.

Claypool, lawyer for the alleged victims, said the team's "teacher/soccer coach lured young boys to a back room to facilitate varsity members of the team sexually assaulting the boys by attempting to sodomize them with a foreign object."

One player was reportedly hospitalized.

Police arrested several suspects who were later released to their parents, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Claypool claimed La Puente High School attempted to cover up the reported hazing incidents.

Detectives have interviewed 70 students about the alleged crimes.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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