Five students at a suburban high school have been charged with assault and battery following a seven-month investigation into a hazing incident.
The Kendall County State’s Attorney Office said in a statement the Plano High School students were in court earlier today and were charged Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Battery and Unlawful Restraint. They were released to their parents with monitoring restrictions.
The statements says, the investigation began in February after a student’s parent reported their child was the victim of “an assault or hazing incident” that took place in the school’s locker room after practice.
The statement said investigators learned there were multiple victims and that “after a practice, the victim would be held down by teammates and would be digitally penetrated by another teammate.”
Authorities say the victims and the alleged offenders where members of the same sports team.
In a letter to parents on its website, the Plano School District said “Based upon the investigation, it is clear that the alleged offenders and victims were participants in after school athletics and there is no evidence that this sort of activity ever occurred during the regular school day.”
The names of the students were not released, but according to the letter, “none of these five students charged by the State’s Attorney are currently attending Plano High School.”
The five alleged offenders will be in court again later this month.