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Florida physical hazing case gets settled: St. Pete Times

From the St. Petersburg Times, September 9, 2010

TAMPA — The allegations of locker-room abuse were shocking and the headlines splashy.

In May 2009, authorities said four Walker Middle School students subjected a flag football teammate to multiple instances of sexual battery by broom handle and hockey stick.

The names and mug shots of Diemante Roberts, Raymond Price-Murray, Lee Myers and Randall Moye — all minors — became widely associated with the stigma of those allegations, and the school changed its supervision policy as a result.

But Wednesday, with Myers and Moye already facing reduced felony battery charges, prosecutors agreed to also drop sexual battery charges against the remaining two defendants and allow them to plead guilty to the lesser crime.

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By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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