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FIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED RAPE

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Five Grundy County High School football players are charged with attempted aggravated rape. Officers say eight football players, including the alleged victim, met to work out early Wednesday morning. They were able to enter through an open door to the school’s field house. Once inside, five players began to wrestle with a 15-year-old freshman. The victim was placed on the floor with his arms behind his back, and one participant put his knee on his neck while others held down his legs. One of the five recorded the assault on a cell phone. The video has since been recovered by authorities. Authorities said the students did not have permission to be at the field house at the time and they are still investigating how they got access. Officers say the other two football players were not in the room at the time. They do not face any charges. The five charged will make their first court appearance this Monday morning (October 16, 2017). None of their identities have been released. The team’s head football coach has also been suspended, but the school investigation is separate from the criminal one. The Department of Children’s Services is also investigating. The Grundy County School Board will hold an emergency meeting this Monday, October 16, 2017, regarding the incident.

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