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No charges in Georgia baseball hazing case

Police in Gwinnett County decide not to prosecute Parkview High baseball players.  The incident happened out of state.  Here is the excerpt from WSBTV:

“He just said, ‘We’re not going to prosecute,’” attorney Kurt Hilbert, who represents one of the freshman players, told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant. “What was going through my mind was, ‘I don’t understand.’ It’s the duty of the police to serve and protect. Clearly, my client is not being protected.”

Hilbert’s 14-year-old client and two other incoming freshmen say they were victims of inappropriate sexual contact by upperclassmen in a North Charleston hotel during a June tournament.

….So far, Hilbert’s client is the only one of the alleged victims to push for criminal charges. But despite the teen’s statement to North Charleston police about his ordeal, police decided not to move forward.

“The detective said that at most this would be assault and battery in the third degree, and therefore, it was such a low level crime that they were not willing to extradite and prosecute,” Hilbert said. “He didn’t give a reason. He just simply said we’re not going to drag a 15-year-old kid across state lines to prosecute for this type of a low level crime.”

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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