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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

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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