Nearly a month after being charged with misdemeanor criminal mistreatment for hazing incidents at an Oregon high school football team’s summer camp, a volunteer assistant coach in Oregon was arraigned on Tuesday.
Cooper Kikuta, a 22-year-old former assistant Philomath High coach, is charged in connection with what prosecutors termed “aggravated hazing” incidents in July at Camp Rilea. The charge of second-degree criminal mistreatment, a Class A misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison.
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According to the Corvallis Gazette-Times, the charge against Kikuta, as well as six players, stems from a hazing incident that allegedly took place between July 9 and 13 at an offseason conditioning camp attended by 35 Philomath players and several coaches at Camp Rilea. The six juveniles have all been cited as well, and all have admitted to the allegations.
Per court records obtained by the Gazette-Times, prosecutors allege that on or around July 12, Kikuta “with criminal negligence, and having assumed temporary care, custody or responsibility for the supervision of [a juvenile victim], did withhold necessary and adequate physical care.”
The school already canceled the varsity season while coaches remain on administrative leave.