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Prosecutor: Heath High School Incident Doesn't Fit Definition Of Hazing

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A police report obtained from the Heath Police Department calls an incident "reports of alleged inappropriate touching by student(s)." A police report obtained from the Heath Police Department calls an incident "reports of alleged inappropriate touching by student(s)."
HEATH, Ohio - What came to the Licking County Prosecutor's Office last December as a case of alleged hazing at Heath High School, does not fit the parameters of hazing.

Prosecutor Ken Oswalt would not classify what charges could be pending against the suspect, but a police report obtained from the Heath Police Department calls it "reports of alleged inappropriate touching by student(s)."

The report classifies the offense as rape, a first-degree felony.

The report has been redacted of all of the suspect and victim information, because a police spokesman said the students involved were juveniles at the time of the offense. The report shows the incident happened at Heath High School between June 18 and December 31, 2013.

Heath Superintendent Trevor Thomas said when they became aware of the situation in late December, they notified police immediately.

"We have communicated with the police and contacted another agency, Children's Services. We believe we have done that as we are required to do so and we erred on the side of caution," Thomas said.

He said he cannot say if the student suspected in the assault is still in school or if any action was taken against him because of the student privacy act.

Oswalt said hazing involves an initiation ritual in which someone is coerced into a student organization causing mental or physical harm. In this case he said the high school boys varsity member or members allegedly victimized were already on the boys basketball team.

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