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BC-FBC--Wheaton College-Hazing Plea

March 22, 2019
The last of five former members of a suburban Chicago Christian college has pleaded guilty to charges filed in the wake of a 2016 hazing incident. Richard Pettway of Lookout Mountain, Georgia pleaded guilty Friday to one count of disorderly conduct. A judge sentenced the 23-year-old Pettway to court supervision and ordered him to perform fifty hours of public service. The Wheaton College players were accused of duct-taping a teammate and dumping him half-naked in a park.

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The last of five former members of a suburban Chicago Christian college has pleaded guilty to charges filed in the wake of a 2016 hazing incident.

Richard Pettway of Lookout Mountain, Georgia pleaded guilty Friday to one count of disorderly conduct. DuPage County Circuit Judge Brian Telander sentenced the 23-year-old Pettway to court supervision and ordered him to perform fifty hours of public service.

Four of Pettway’s Wheaton College teammates, Samuel TeBos of Allendale, Michigan; Noah Spielman of Columbus, Ohio and Kyler Kregel of Grand Rapids, Michigan, previously entered guilty pleas to the same charges.

James Cooksey of Jacksonville, Florida, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of attempted unlawful restraint and was given court supervision.

The players were arrested in 2017 in connection with an incident in which a teammate accused them of duct-taping him and dumping him half-naked in a park.