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Insult to injury: Lawyer minimizes Sun Prairie sexual assault hazing–“a glorified wedgie”

Moderator:  Words matter, and this attorney’s choice of words is dead wrong. Plus a student in Texas lost a testicle to a wedgie hazing.

Here is what was said:

His attorney, Jordan Loeb, called the situation “boyish behavior.”

“This is a glorified wedgie. So I’m not going to condone kids doing that kind of stuff, but let’s not be shocked that boys wrestle each other, that boys do things like this. If it went too far, there are a lot of ways to deal with it,” said Fulton’s attorney, Jordan Loeb.

Loeb told News 3 Now his client is still in school but the judge ordered him not to participate in after-school activities with the other teens, including the football team.

The prosecutor is right to charge the 17-year-old with two felonies. But other players may need to be charged as accessories. Plus the student attacker needs to be expelled from school. Why is he still in class in view of the victim?

Excerpt from Madison, Wisconsin article:

Ryan Fulton, 17, appeared in Dane County Court on Thursday, where he was charged with felony second-degree sexual assault, felony sexual exploitation of a child through filming and misdemeanor battery.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said the decision to charge Fulton as an adult was because of his age.

Court documents allege that during a sleepover on Aug. 29, the alleged juvenile victim said his football teammates grabbed him and tackled him onto an air mattress. Documents showed Fulton put him in a chokehold so he couldn’t breathe and sexually assaulted him with his hand.

The juvenile said his shirt, underwear and basketball shorts were on when it happened. He said he tried to kick at Fulton to get away from him, and he later texted his mom because he knew something was not right, according to the criminal complaint.

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. 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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