A 15-year-old Spotsylvania High School football player was arrested Friday and other players are under investigation as the result of an apparent hazing incident last month, police said.
Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce said the reported incident took place Oct. 23 in the school locker room before the team left for an away game. Two players, ages 14 and 15, allegedly were hazed and assaulted by several older members of the team, Pearce said.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with attempted sodomy with an inanimate object and assault by mob. The attempted sodomy charge is a felony. The boy was placed in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center.
Pearce said several other players are under investigation, as well. Those players, along with the one who was locked up, are not expected to play in Saturday’s first-round playoff game against Brentsville.
According to prosecutor Matt Lowery, school authorities and a school resource officer investigated a complaint about a broomstick assault shortly after the alleged Oct. 23 incident.
At least one of the alleged victims denied that the incident had happened, and authorities initially determined that it was “essentially a rumor run wild,” Lowery said.
Authorities later renewed the investigation, in part because of a video that surfaced on social media, Lowery said.
Pearce said the Sheriff’s Office began investigating the incident Friday morning. He said that the victims, who were initially reluctant to discuss the incident, eventually confirmed what happened.
Detectives also discovered additional evidence and witnesses that confirmed the victims’ accounts of the incident, Pearce said. He said he would not comment when asked about a video.
Detectives still are trying to determine the identities of all who were involved or may have witnessed the incident, Pearce said.
Sheriff Roger Harris called the allegations “a very serious matter. Schools should be a safe haven for our kids and we will continue to thoroughly investigate this matter.”
Staff writer Jeff Branscome contributed to this report.