Four Maryland high school football players are accused of “astonishingly cruel” sexual assaults on four teammates inside their school’s locker room on Halloween, a prosecutor alleged in court on Monday, The Washington Post reported.
The alleged attackers and accusers are all members of the Damascus High School junior varsity football team. They are 15-years-old but are being charged as adults. Police said the students attacked four boys in what the principal described as “an assault involving a broom.” The suspects and victims allegedly told police the assaults were part of a hazing ritual, reports said.
One unidentified student was charged as a juvenile.
The alleged attack involved a four-foot broom, authorities said. One freshman tried to escape the room but was allegedly blocked, the report said. An alleged victim told police that two players “threw him on the floor” and held his feet down, authorities said. He reportedly said he and was “poked in his buttocks with the wooden broom.” Police said the three others were attacked in a similar way, Fox 5 DC reported.