4 Wheaton College football players plead not guilty in battery case

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WHEATON, Ill.  — Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates pleaded not guilty today.

The four players appeared before DuPage County Judge Brian Telander on Monday morning.

They are accused of duct-taping the teammate’s hands and feet and attempting to sodomize him with an object in March 2016.

They later dumped him half-naked in an off-campus park. Each player was charged last month with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint.

A fifth player will be arraigned Nov. 13.

The judge previously ruled that cameras would not be allowed at the hearing.

The five players were suspended from the team after charges were filed. The most serious charge carries a maximum sentence of two to five years in prison.

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