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Charges in Cooperstown HS hazing case could be dropped if teens stay out of trouble

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Harassment charges against five Cooperstown High School football players could be dropped if the athletes keep out of trouble, officials said.

The charges stem from an alleged hazing incident at the school after football practice back in September. Five players - Jeffrey Flynn, 18; Boone Rose, 17; Michael Bouton, 17; Ethan Telfer, 17; and Derek Liner, 17 - allegedly swarmed the victim, knocked him to the ground, ripped off his pants, and one of the five placed their rear end and testicles near the victim's face.

Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said that the case had been adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. That means that since the five teens had not been in trouble with the law previously, the charges would be dropped in six months if they remain out of trouble during that time.

D.A. Muehl says that this is a common offer with kids who have never been in trouble before. If one of the teens gets in trouble the charges will move forward.

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