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Students charged in Bourne hazing prepare court pleas

FALMOUTH — Two Fairhaven High School students charged with hazing and assaulting a former football teammate are prepared to enter plea bargains next month in Falmouth District Court, their lawyers said yesterday.

After negotiations yesterday morning, attorneys for Kevin Gonsalves Jr., 18, and Dylan Parker, 17, both of Fairhaven, asked Falmouth District Judge Toby Mooney for a May 17 court date, at which they are expected to offer pleas to unspecified charges.

Terms of the plea arrangement were not disclosed but, according to a Falmouth prosecutor, Gonsalves plans to enter a plea on only one of the two charges he faces.

Gonsalves and Parker have been charged with indecent assault, a felony sexual offense, and misdemeanor hazing in connection with an incident last July at Camp Wishbone, a summer football camp held in Bourne.

According to sources familiar with the allegations, Gonsalves and Parker have been accused of attempting to duct-tape a teammate to his bed before physically assaulting the boy and pouring semen on him in the dormitory-style barracks at Camp Edwards.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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