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Serious sexual hazing charges in Virginia

By The Daily Progress Staff

Published: October 31, 2008

Greene County authorities have charged two teenagers in a hazing incident at William Monroe High School in September.

The boys were members of the football team. One has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and the other with two counts of assault and battery.
Greene Superintendent David Jeck e-mailed parents at the time to tell them that several football players had been disciplined for what he called a hazing incident. One of the players was expelled.
In the same e-mail, Jeck told parents about a situation in which an adult apparently had inappropriate conduct with student athletes.

Greene school officials investigated and then handed the matters over to the Sheriff’s Office.
On Oct. 3, Tammy Harlow Cox, 39, was charged with having sex with William Monroe students.
Cox, of Celt Road in Greene, faces two felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a child and three misdemeanor charges of rendering a child delinquent by having sex with them, according to Maj. Randall Snead of the Sheriff’s Office.
Three students involved in the case are “under the age of 18 and over the age of 15,” according to a search warrant seeking access to Cox’s cell phone.

It was unclear if Cox has any children who attend William Monroe.
The felony charges Cox faces carry a prison term of up to five years or one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. The misdemeanors carry a punishment of up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

Further details about the hazing incident were unavailable.

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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