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Lieutenant Demoted After Hazing Investigation

Investigation Focused On Critical Emergency Response Team

POSTED: 4:42 pm EDT August 20, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — A lieutenant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department has been demoted after an internal hazing investigation.James Martin, previously the commander of the Critical Emergency Response Team, was demoted to sergeant after he violated four departmental rules — truthfulness, general conduct, conduct unbecoming and chain of command, according to a department investigation, 6News’ Joanna Massee reported.Officials said the allegations against Martin involved subjecting newcomers to abusive or humiliating conduct or ridicule.

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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