Â Â Â Salt Lake County sheriff’s detectives were investigating Thursday a sexual assault at a high school football camp involving players.
The incident, according to investigators, appears to be more than just a hazing.
The assault happened early on the morning of July 11 at Camp Williams, where at least two high schools, both from Utah County, were participating in a football camp, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Jaroscak said.
He said the investigation was still in its early stages Thursday, but it appeared that some “hard hitting” happened at the camp during practice and some players took exception to it.
Early the next morning, a 15-year-old sophomore from Lehi High School was assaulted by “multiple” people, Jaroscak said.
“This may have been in retaliation,” he said. “A foreign object was used in the sexual assault.”
Detectives described the victim as being “severely traumatized” by the incident.
Brown sued Shepas, assistant coach Paul Salvino, Hennon, Massillon City Schools and 30 unnamed players.
The case was filed in Stark County Common Pleas Court, then moved to the U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
Brown transferred to Massillon in 2003 and attended a team football camp at West Virginia University. According to the lawsuit, Brown was teased by players and coaches because of his shaggy hair.
Brown accused Shepas of pantomiming shaving his head in front of teammates. After camp curfew, Brown said 10 teammates tried to shave his head with a razor, but he fought them off by swinging a helmet.
However, the suit said, 30 players came to Brownâ€™s room the next morning, and three players sat on him while his head was shaved. Brown said he passed out because of the weight of the players on his chest.
One of the issues in the lawsuit was the depth and scope that Shepas investigated the incident. Also, Brown accused a football booster who was a chaperone on the trip of telling him not to say anything about it because it would hurt the team.