Excerpt from the newspaper account:
The teenâ€™s family said he is a good kid, who has never been in trouble with the law, but the Sheriffâ€™s Department said the hazing amounted to inappropriate and unwanted contact with campers.
â€œIt’s very rare and it’s shocking it would happen at a camp where we would assume our juveniles are being cared for properly,â€ said Sheriffâ€™s Sgt. Ed Komin, â€œso it does happen, but it’s not common.â€
The Sheriffâ€™s Department said the majority of the hazing happened in front of several kids last July.
Detectives said most of the kids called it typical camp pranks that went too far.
They said in one case, a 10-year-old victim was held down and the counselor simulated a sex act on him in order to humiliate him.
Family members of the teen charged in the case said the camp knew about the hazing rituals and did nothing about it.
Camp Condorâ€™s Treasurer, Maryanne Hawkins, said thatâ€™s not the case.
â€œNo, [the] camp does not condone that type of behavior,â€ Hawkins said. â€œIn fact, all counselors went through training prior to kids arriving at camp.â€
Detectives said they investigated charges that another counselor had inappropriate contact with campers, but said there was not enough witness testimony for the prosecutor to move forward with charges against that teen.
The camp said it no longer allows counselors-in-training to be with campers without an adult present.