Hazing News

Fontana suspect listens to attorney; tries to snatch back his guilty plea

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A student suspected in a hazing case at A.B. Miller High in Fontana, which involved the alleged attempted sexual assault of two students, now seeks to withdraw a guilty plea that he entered in Superior Court last month.

A lawyer for 18-year-old Fernando Manuel Salgado has filed a motion in Fontana Superior Court to withdraw the guilty plea, which was part of an agreement with prosecutors. Salgado appeared in court today for sentencing proceedings, which did not occur.

The case was continued to Sept. 6 to give prosecutors a chance to respond to Salgado’s motion, according to Chris Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Douglas Fettel, who took Salgado’s plea on July 16, will hear the defense motion next month, Lee said.

On July 16, Salgado had admitted guilt to one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object and one count of assault with a deadly weapon in Fontana Superior Court, as part of a plea bargain, according to court records.

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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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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