Coach, 6 Philomath football players, cited for hazing

All face misdemeanor charges

Philomath High School as seen on their website, August 30, 2016
Philomath High School as seen on their website, August 30, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say six Philomath High School football players and a 22-year-old volunteer assistant face charges after freshmen were subjected to hazing during the team’s summer camp.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson says the hazing involved “offensive physical contact with intimate parts” during a July trip to Camp Rilea on Oregon’s northern coast.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the assistant, Cooper Kikuta, has been charged in Clatsop County with misdemeanor criminal mistreatment. All the boys are charged with misdemeanor harassment and most are also accused of misdemeanor assault. Their cases will go through juvenile court.

Philomath School District superintendent Melissa Goff said in a statement the district condemns hazing and will take appropriate action.

The district earlier this month canceled the team’s first three games, citing an ongoing investigation into unspecified misconduct.

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