The Latest: Wheaton College players plead not guilty
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Wheaton College football players charged in a hazing case. (all times local):
Four of five Wheaton College football players charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school have pleaded not guilty.
They appeared at a Monday arraignment in DuPage County. The arraignment for the fifth player is Nov. 13.
All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. Each was charged last month with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. The most serious charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.
Their victim, who has since left the school, also told police his attackers attempted to sodomize him with an object. One attorney asked the judge to lift a gag order so the now-suspended players can publicly deny those allegations. The court will consider the request at an Oct. 31 hearing.
Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates are scheduled to be arraigned.
The four players are to appear before a DuPage County judge Monday morning. Each player was charged last month with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. A fifth player will be arraigned Nov. 13. They were accused of duct-taping the teammate’s hands and feet and attempting to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park in March 2016.
A judge previously ruled that cameras won’t be allowed at the hearing.
The five players were suspended from the team after charges were filed. The most serious charge carries a maximum sentence of two to five years in prison.