Willard, OH wrestlers plead guilty amid sex hazing charges


BY DAN CLUTTER
MANSFIELD NEWS JOURNAL
NORWALK, Ohio  — Three former Willard High School wrestlers pleaded guilty Monday to delinquent disorderly conduct amid charges stemming from hazing incidents.

A complaint filed by Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker described two incidents in which three boys — ages 15, 16 and 17 — were accused of sexually abusing a freshman on the wrestling team.

The oldest boy was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. The other two were charged with complicity to assault and disorderly conduct.

All other charges were dropped when the teens agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, in juvenile court.

The incidents occurred in December and February. Shenker said the prosecutor’s office became involved when the victim’s parents went to Willard police.

Shenker said the victim’s family received abuse from former Willard High School wrestling coach Todd Fox and other parents and wrestlers, and said the family still receives threats. Full story.

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