Police Reports May Shed Light On Ariz. High School Wrestling Bully Case
SAHUARITA, Ariz. (AP) — Police are expected to release their reports about seven Sahuarita High School wrestlers arrested in what investigators described as a bullying and hazing incident involving another student.
The Green Valley News reports that police could release the reports on the kidnapping and aggravated assault arrests on Tuesday at a trial review hearing in juvenile court for one of the wrestlers.
A freshman member of the wrestling team told investigators that some teammates earlier this month held him on the floor and pulled his pants down. The seven are charged with felony kidnapping and aggravated assault for a Jan. 15 locker room case that police characterize as horseplay gone too far.
The reports are expected to provide details that may contradict those in the only report that has been released so far. That report said a witness alleged body penetration and another lewd act.
Days after the report was released, Sahuarita police said further investigation has shown there was no sexual assault.
Three juveniles in the case have been in custody since Jan. 17.
Two other juveniles still in custody are set for hearings Thursday and the hearing date wasn’t available for a fourth juvenile who has been released from custody.
In the past, juvenile court officials have said they have three juveniles in custody, but Juvenile Court Administrator Stephen M. Rubin on Friday noted that one more juvenile had been released.
Meanwhile, the three 18-year old defendants were released on bail and haven’t had arraignment dates set.
Unlike the adult defendants, juveniles cannot post bond, Rubin said.
He said the three juveniles were kept in custody because a judge ruled that each was likely to have committed the offense charged and also each one was either a risk to skip future court appearances, was a threat to himself or others, was wanted elsewhere, or that “the interests of the juvenile or the public require custodial protection.”
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