Authorities are recommending charges against eight members from a Florida high school baseball team for a series of alleged hazing incidents that occurred during a tournament earlier this year.
According to WPLG Local 10, a 16-year-old member of the baseball team at Cooper City High School accused former teammates of disturbing acts against himself and other teammates during a tournament in Altamonte Springs in March.
Per WPLG, police in Altamonte Springs are now calling for charges against eight of the teens who could face charges of simple battery, false imprisonment and sexual battery.
WPLG describes the disturbing details of the alleged incidents.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office report, the student told his mother that five teammates came into his room and pulled his underwear down before he was able to fight them off.
The student said he witnessed the same group of boys hold down another teammate on a later night and “put their fingers up his butt.”
The same student claims he heard, but did not see, another incident where the boys took another student and “put a Gatorade bottle up his butt.”
When another player complained to the coach, the coach allegedly replied, “It’s just baseball, keep it to yourself.”
The coach of the team at the time, Chris Delgado, was never publicly identified as being involved, but has since left the school.
The victims also said they were threatened by other team members for talking about the incident. Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Tracy Clark has released a statement.
“School leadership and the district’s special investigative unit continue to cooperate with the Altamonte Springs Police Department’s investigation,” Clark said. “The school has taken the allegations very seriously. At all times, the safety and security of our students are our highest priorities.”
The investigation has been turned over to the state’s attorney’s office in Seminole County.