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Utah high school athlete accused of sexual assault, hazing

October 2, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah high school athlete accused of hazing and sexually assaulting at least nine boys is facing multiple charges.

The central Utah student was charged Friday in Sanpete County’s juvenile court with six counts of first-degree felony object rape and four counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse.

The Associated Press does not typically identify juveniles accused of crimes.

Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels said Monday that the case involves at least nine juvenile victims that attend the same school.

Court documents say the alleged offenses happened on Sept. 17.

Daniels says the teen’s actions went beyond “innocent hazing.”

Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they’ll seek to have the case moved to the adult system.

Defense attorney Greg Smith asks for all parties involved to leg the legal system work.

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