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One Valencia High School Football Player Charged by Grand Jury As Adult: Valencia County News-Bulletin

The Valencia County News Bulletin reported that 18-year-old Curtis Peralta has been charged with “criminal sexual penetration in the second degree, criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

Two other football players have been charged in juvenile court, also for “criminal sexual penetration in the second degree, criminal sexual contact of a minor in the second degree, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal sexual penetration in the second degree and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

The complaintant is a single player. Two other individuals in the locker room incident did not file complaints:

VCNB Reporter: Curt Gustafson/News-Bulletin April 30, 2011. The incident allegedly occurred October 2, 2010.

From the VCNB:

Jeremiah Carroll, 18, and Jake Sanchez, 17, were charged in Juvenile Court on April 14 on charges identical to Peralta’s.

According to incident reports obtained by the News-Bulletin from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety through the Inspection of Public Records Act, two possible victims of sexual hazing “revealed that they did not feel that they were victims of abuse, battery or sexual assault.”

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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