Prosecutor drops charges against 4 in New Mexico hazing

Excerpted from
Associated Press
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against four school officials who were accused of failing to report a hazing in which high school football players were sodomized with a broomstick.

The superintendent, athletic director and two former coaches at Robertson High School all had been charged with misdemeanors amid accusations they did not immediately report the hazing to law enforcement.

But District Attorney Donald Gallegos said he dropped the case because the law under which they were charged did not apply. He says the duty to report child abuse applies when it’s at the hands of a parent, guardian or custodian, not another child.

Six football players were accused of sodomizing younger players last year at a preseason camp. They were kicked off the team and charged with criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, conspiracy and other crimes. Full story.


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