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Cottage Grove police address new hazing allegations

After new allegations came to light in the Cottage Grove hazing scandal, Chief Scott Shepherd told KEZI 9 News he’s not aware of the second family’s claims.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:53 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2019 7:02 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- After new allegations came to light in the Cottage Grove hazing scandal, Chief Scott Shepherd told KEZI 9 News he’s not aware of the second family’s claims.

Two teenagers were cited for harassment after a member of the Cottage Grove High School junior varsity football team reported being sexually assaulted in the boys locker room.

RELATED: 'A greater crime than hazing': Family friend of alleged victim speaks out

Then, a second family came forward alleging that their 14-year-old son was similarly assaulted during football activities. They said the abuse was reported to an adult staff member eight days before the district took action.

A broomstick was allegedly used in both incidents.

MORE: Second family alleges locker room incident in Cottage Grove

On Oct. 25, Interim Assistant Superintendent Brian McCasline with the South Lane School District said the situation had been resolved.

However, Shepherd said the second family’s allegations have not been reported to Cottage Grove police at this time.

“As of right now, I don’t believe that person has come forward or reported that to our department. And we would investigate that the same way we did the first investigation,” Shepherd said.

Meanwhile, a family member of the victim told KEZI that he and the boy went to the police station last week to meet with a school resource officer to discuss the alleged abuse in the locker room.

Shepherd also emphasized that his officers worked with the District Attorney’s Office to charge the juveniles in the initial incident correctly and misinformation circulating about the case has led some to believe the charges are too lenient.

"We presented a set of facts to the district attorney's office and we believe those facts support the harassment charge that two of the juvenile boys received," Shepherd said. 

Shepherd also addressed those who believe “this is being pushed under the rug.”

"I know that there are people that believe this is being pushed under the rug, that the charges don't fit the crime, and unfortunately because we’re dealing with juveniles and a sensitive case, some of the facts won't be brought forward until it goes to court or even afterwards when it's adjudicated," Shepherd said. 

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