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

A family friend of the alleged Cottage Grove hazing victim has come forward with more details about what she says happened in the high school's boys locker room.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 6:40 PM

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- A family friend of the alleged Cottage Grove hazing victim has come forward with more details about what she says happened in the high school's boys locker room.

The family friend asked to remain anonymous but said this all happened in September during a football team practice.

She said the 14-year-old boy reported being held on the floor of the boys locker room with his head pushed into the ground.

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At that point he said several boys held his arms and legs while others attempted to "shove a broomstick into his rectum."

A member of the alleged victim's family said the accused perpetrators also placed their genitalia on the boy while they were holding him down.

The family friend said the boy reported that at no time were any adults present. She said that the boys that did this were on the varsity football team with the victim being on the JV team.

"This is a greater crime than hazing, he was sexually assaulted. This has basically turned the world of the victim and his family upside down," said the family friend.

The family friend said after the incident, the boy waited three days before telling his parents what happened to him, and then they contacted the school.

Officials said they decided to charge the suspects, two 15-year old boys, with harassment but not sexual assault.

The family member said 10 boys were kicked off of the Cottage Grove High School football team after the incident. 

District Attorney Patty Perlow said "all cases are charged based upon the evidence we have."

The friend of the family said the victim will suffer from the effects of what happened for the rest of his life.

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