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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

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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