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Public documents released in Chelmsford , NH football hazing

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Abstract: The events at the camp remained a mystery for two years, until Aug. 7 when Lowell attorney Brian Leahey filed a notice of intent to sue the town on behalf of the alleged victim’s family. The Sun has received two copies of the 41-page document — one from the town that was heavily redacted by its legal counsel, Kopelman & Paige, and another unredacted document from an anonymous source.

Leahey’s document, known in legal terms as a presentment letter, describes in graphic detail the alleged hazing incident at the camp in August 2013. It allegedly involved a group of players who carried out a series of harassment and assaults, some sexual in nature, against another player — his client. The players, while not named, are identified by first- and last-name initials.

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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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