Teens convicted in La Puente High School sexual hazing case

LA PUENTE — Three former La Puente High School soccer players have been convicted and sentenced for their roles in the sexually violent hazing of fellow students last year, officials said Wednesday.
The teenagers, whose names have not been released because they were juveniles at the time of the crimes, were accused of taking part in hazing rituals which included sodomizing other players with a javelin, officials said.
At an May 14 hearing before a juvenile court judge, all three defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to charges leveled in connection with the attacks, which took place between April and August of 2012, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, who was 17 at the time of the hazing, pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of hazing, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.
A third defendant, who is 17 years old, admitted a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, in the form of a broken flagpole, as well as a misdemeanor count of hazing, Davila-Morales said.
The now-18-year-old defendant was sentenced to three months in a juvenile camp, Davila-Morales said.
The 16 – and 17-year old boys were each sentenced to probation, she said.
“There is not a set term, but the minor(s) can be put on probation to the juvenile court until age 21,” Davila-Morales said.

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