Hazing case ends in some jail time for ball players

Hazing case ends in some jail time for ball players

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Five former Molalla High School basketball players have been sentenced to short jail terms after they admitted assaulting a younger teammate during hazing incidents on road trips.

The five pleaded no contest to assault charges and received jail terms of a week or a month during a hearing Monday in Clatsop County Circuit Court.

The five originally faced sex-abuse charges and mandatory sentencing that could have sent them to prison for more than eight years, and require registration as sex offenders.

Prosecutors reduced the charges after months of plea negotiations.

The parents of the victim submitted written statements that were read by Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown in the first public comments by the family since the crimes were committed during the 2006-07 basketball season.

"No price you have to pay will ever come close to what my son had to pay because of your senseless inhuman behavior," said the victim's mother.

"You can never atone for the shame and humiliation you have brought on your families, your school and your community," her statement said.

She said she was angry at the players' parents "for treating your actions as some sort of prank gone wrong."

The father's brief statement concluded, "Tonight, my family will sleep a little easier knowing that justice has been done."

The victim attended the hearing but did not speak. 

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