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Seymour teen charged with sex assault in football hazing

January 3, 2019

SEYMOUR-Police arrested a teenager on charges stemming from a 2015 football hazing incident that led to the coach being placed on administrative leave during the recent season.

Deputy Chief Robert Rinaldi said a former football player has been charged as a juvenile with third-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor. He has been released on a promise to appear in Waterbury Juvenile Court this morning (Jan. 4, 2019).

Although the youth is now of age he was a juvenile and charged as such in the August, 2015 incident.

In a press release police said the youth turned himself into the police station on Dec. 17 and was charged with the offenses.

Rinaldi said the investigation determined this was a one-time hazing incident and no further arrests are expected.

Police were informed of the incident in May, 2018 by the state Department of Children and Families and began an investigation which included questioning several members of the 2015 Seymour High School football team. The incident is alleged to have occurred in the locker room sometime in August, 2015.

The incident led to Tom Lennon, the high school football coach being placed on administrative leave and three assistant coaches leaving the program. Steve George, a former Newtown coach, served as interim head coach last fall.

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