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No contest in Molalla case–Oregon HS sexual case reduced

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Molalla basketball players plead no contest to assault
4/22/2008, 2:02 p.m. PDT
The Associated Press

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The assault case against four former members of the Molalla High School boys basketball team has ended with no contest pleas in a deal with prosecutors.

The four players admitted they assaulted a younger teammate during a 2006 road trip after a series of hazing incidents escalated, with at least one older teammate penetrating the boy using his finger.

They had been charged with sex abuse — which could have required them to register as sex offenders if convicted.

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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