Two more students linked to Molalla sex abuse case

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Two more Molalla High School students have been charged in connection with a series of hazing incidents involving the school's basketball team - bringing the total to five linked to the sex abuse case.

According to Oregon State Police, one of the students was taken into custody Friday by Clackamas County authorities while another one was arrested Monday by state police.

Their names were not released and the charges they face were not immediately clear. Warrants for their arrest were issued in Clatsop County, where investigators believe some of the abuse occurred.

The pair join three other Molalla High star basketball players already accused of unlawful sexual penetration and sex abuse in what officials describe as repeated hazing of a 15-year-old freshman teammate that escalated into violent crime.

They are: John William Berokoff, an 18-year-old senior; Joshua Paul Haqq, a 16-year-old junior; and Onisefor Kutsev, a 17-year-old junior.

Police believe three episodes of abuse took place during a December team road trip: one on a school bus in Clatsop County, and two at a Sisters-area motel, in a hot tub and a motel room. The trip included visits to both the Seaside and Sisters areas.

Prosecutors allege that Haqq held down the victim while Berekoff had a more active role. Investigators contend that one of the accused penetrated the victim using his finger.

It was not immediately clear what evidence investigators believe connected the recently arrested pair to the incidents.