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Las Vegas (N.M.) teen accepts plea bargaining: KOB-TV report

A former Robertson High School football player on Tuesday pleaded no contest to the charges against him stemming from hazing incidents at a football camp last summer.In exchange for Santiago Armijo’s pleas to two counts of attempted criminal sexual penetration, prosecutors agreed not to charge him as an adult.

Armijo was one of six teammates accused of sodomizing younger players with a broomstick during the football camp.

“The bottom line for Santiago is that he wanted to put this behind him as best he could, accept responsibility for his involvement, even though it was more limited than other people, and try to move forward,” said Stephen Aarons, Armijo’s attorney.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Armijo could be incarcerated until he’s 21 during sentencing on April 24. He could also be called to testify against his former teammates.

“In terms of what his value will be, I think there are only certain things that the participant can testify to,” said prosecutor Henry Valdez. “That’s something I would be interested in getting before a jury.”

Until sentencing, Armijo is free but is required to wear an ankle monitor.

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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