3 Philomath players enter admissions in hazing case

The agreements require counseling, community service and treatment

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) — Half of the six high school football players charged in an Oregon hazing incident have entered the juvenile equivalent of guilty pleas.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the boys from Philomath High entered admissions to misdemeanor harassment charges on Friday and accepted accountability agreements that require them to fulfill certain conditions.

Generally, the agreements require counseling, community service and treatment. The agreements do not require time in juvenile detention.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said the players were likely the victims of hazing when they were underclassmen, and he’s inviting them to become part of the solution.

Haroldson said 11 freshman players had intimate parts of their bodies targeted during an initiation in July.

A 22-year-old volunteer coach faces a charge of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment.

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