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Five teens charged with harassment in Cooperstown HS hazing case

By WKTV News

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Five teenagers have been charged in connection to a hazing at the Cooperstown High School during the month of September by some of the school's football players.

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin said this concludes the Sheriff's Office investigation into sexual assault among football players at the school. Four other players had reported that they were the victims of "cruel and twisted" behavior by fellow teammates.

"My son was tackled first, held down by two kids and one dropped his pants and put his butt in his face along with his genitals and stuff. They all had a pretty good laugh about it," said the father of one student back in the fall after the incident had happened.

Four of the teenagers were issued their criminal summons at the Otsego County Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon, January 9, while the other teen was served at his Burlington residence on Tuesday, January 10.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the teens charged, but say they are all charged with second-degree harassment.

Those teens are:

*A 17 year old male from Fly Creek
*A 17 year old mail from Milford
*A 17 year old male from Hartwick
*A 17 year old male from Burlington Flats
*An 18 year old male from Cooperstown

All of the criminal summonses are returnable on January 30 in the Town of Otsego Court. If convicted of the violation, the teenagers face up to 15 days in jail.

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