Warren, MI – Authorities believe there may be multiple victims on a Michigan high school football team who were assaulted in a sexual manner with broomsticks in a hazing incident but say parents are not allowing their children to be interviewed by police.
The local prosecutor for the case spoke out about the challenges with trying to prosecute the students involved in the assault and said a decision to charge anyone could be weeks away, according to WXYZ.
De La Salle Collegiate school officials canceled the final game of the season after the hazing allegations surfaced.
The hazing victim won’t cooperate with police, according to the Detroit Free Press. The police investigated 69 of the team’s football players as well as six school officials after the hazing allegations were discovered.
The police issued a warrant request to the prosecutor that recommended that three of the team’s players be charged with assault and battery, according to the Detroit Free Press.
But the case is still open, according to WXYZ, and police want to do more interviews.
“We believe there are other victims and we need to identify those victims, and we need better cooperation quite frankly from those parents that have not allowed us to interview their sons,” said Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, according to WXYZ.
The Macomb County prosecutor had jurisdiction but recused himself due to a conflict of interest, according to WXYZ.
Newly appointed St. Clair County Prosecutor Michael Wendling has a team of people working the case.
“It's a challenging case. Not just based on the age of the offenders but the team atmosphere,” Wendling said, according to WXYZ. “There are a lot of different witnesses with different perspectives that need to be addressed. Allegations that were made are serious in nature, they have to be addressed. We don’t treat it any different than any other criminal case we get.”