Three Hamilton High School teens were charged Thursday with a series of crimes related to a hazing incident that took place at the school, according to the County Attorney’s Office.
A 17-year-old Hamilton student was charged as an adult with sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to a County Attorney’s spokeswoman.
Two 16-year-old boys were also charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and assault. The latter charges were filed in juvenile court, according to the spokeswoman.
Prosecutors are continuing to investigate a charge submitted against a 15-year-old player arrested in connection to a hazing incident at the Hamilton High School campus.
Authorities said the crimes at the school campus spanned approximately 17 months and involved “multiple male juvenile victims.” It remained unknown what the nature of offenses entailed on Thursday, though they did not stem from a solitary incident this week, said Chandler police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler.
Tyler said there did not appear to be a specific reasoning for the hazing, just that it was limited to members of the football team.
The six originally-arrested players, ranging in age from 16 to 18 years old, are Hamilton High School students and one attends Chief Hill Learning Academy part time. Both schools are in the Chandler Unified School District.
Two of the original suspects, including an unidentified 18-year-old student, were released by Chandler police Wednesday night without charges.
Tyler said although charges are not presently being pursued against those two players, there is “always a possibility they could re-enter the case.”
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