Published: March 17, 2008 11:47 pm
Court drops hazing incident charge against Cherokee student
By Cass Rains Staff Writer The Enid News and Eagle
A felony charge of indecent exposure filed against an 18-year-old Cherokee High School student was dropped by the court Friday during a hearing.
Levi James McHenry was charged with the felony in November for the alleged role he played in a hazing incident in Septem-ber that occurred in Cherokee before a football game.
â€œThe felony charge did not stand,â€ said Alfalfa County Assistant District Attorney Westline Ritter. â€œThere will be a misdemeanor filed.â€
McHenry was accused of holding down a 15-year-old boy while another boy, 16, exposed his genitals and placed them on the face of the 15-year-old, according to charges filed Alfalfa County District Court.
According to an affidavit prepared by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Agent Chuck McAnarney, on Sept. 7, 2007, McHenry â€œcoercedâ€ another boy â€œinto exposingâ€ himself as McHenry held the 15-year-old boy down on his back on a bed.
None of the court documents state McHenry exposed himself during the incident.
Ritter said her office will re-file a misdemeanor charge against McHenry â€œwithin the next few days.â€
McHenryâ€™s attorney, Tim Gungoll, declined to comment.
Two other Cherokee High School students were suspended for 20 days for their roles in alleged hazing incidents in July 2007 at a Frontier Public Schools basketball camp in Noble County.
They had been suspended for a year, but the Cherokee school board reduced the suspensions.
No charges were filed in that case.