I-Team: Charges filed in Berea football hazing investigation

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BEREA, Ohio — The FOX 8 I-Team has found sex charges and more filed against four members of the Berea-Midpark team after an investigation into hazing at a football camp.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors filed charges against an 18-year-old and three juveniles Wednesday afternoon.

The 18-year-old has been indicted for rape, kidnapping, sexual battery, unlawful restraint, hazing and more.

Two of the three juveniles are also facing cases with sex charges.

And with the charges now filed some parents of players are speaking out to the I-Team, disgusted by sex abuse at a high school football camp.

One mother said she had been told by her son, “There was loud commotion. I guess things kinda had been out of hand.”

Another mother said, “These are kids’ lives that will forever be unchanged because of a situation unsupervised.”

Back in June, word leaked out about hazing at a camp for Berea-Midpark football at Case Western Reserve University.

So the Cleveland Police Sex Crimes Unit handled the investigation.

Initially, the school district said “summer training” would be suspended as the district investigated.

But days later, the I-Team found most of the team leaving a meeting and weight training. And since then, we’ve seen the team practicing and scrimmaging.

Meantime, the I-Team also found the head coach and school leaders avoiding our questions about what happened and how.

Nobody at school district headquarters is talking on camera to the I-Team. The district first gave us a letter recently sent to parents saying administrators are still working on a “thorough review of what happened.” The letter mentions student athletes. But we saw no mention of holding coaches accountable.

So we pressed for more.

Later, the school district issued a statement saying, “During the course of our investigation, we have not found any evidence that any coach had any knowledge of the hazing incident.”

Many parents, though, wonder why not?

One said, “I believe that none of this would’ve happened had there been proper supervision.”

The I-Team also reached the mother of one suspect. She had no comment.

The school district’s latest statement also said, “Please note that the school district is not precluded from disciplining a student and/or denying a student extracurricular/co-curricular privileges because he was charged by a prosecutor with a crime. Appropriate athletic and academic consequences will be handed out by the administration as deemed appropriate.”

But again, many parents of players also still have hard questions for the school administrators.

Meantime, at the heart of it all, a parent left us with this thought, “If you are guilty of doing something like that, these young men have learned a hard lesson.”

**Continuing coverage**

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