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Cooperation Seen in Football Sex Case

September 26, 2003

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A high school principal and five Long Island football coaches, subpoenaed to testify before a Pennsyvlvania grand jury investigating allegations of sex abuse by players during a week-long training camp last month, told a judge Friday they intended to cooperate with the investigation.

Lawyers for three alleged victims and three other students also said their clients would not contest the subpoenas and would appear before a grand jury in Wayne County, Pa., perhaps as early as Tuesday.

Wayne County District Attorney Mark R. Zimmer said earlier this week that state police and the grand jury are investigating whether members of the Mepham High School football team in Bellmore, N.Y., sodomized younger players with a broomstick, pine cones and golf balls during a five-day trip to the Camp Wayne for Girls in Preston Park, Pa.

Zimmer called the allegations ``disgusting and horrific.″

He criticized school officials for their lack of cooperation in the investigation, but attorney Christopher Clayton, who represented principal John Didden at Friday’s proceeding, said school officials ``intend to cooperate″ with the district attorney.

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