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Serious charges dropped in sports camp hazing (update 2015)



(CNN) — A Massachusetts teen accused of raping a fellow student at a summer sports camp pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

The young man, 17, is one of three high school junior varsity soccer players who authorities allege entered a cabin occupied by freshman students and assaulted three victims at a camp in western Massachusetts.

At Tuesday’s hearing, prosecutors said the three went into the freshman cabin searching for victims, using a broomstick to assault them.

In November of 2015, the young man was exonerated by testimony of the victims that he had no part in the hazing and in fact, tried to stop it.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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