Thursday, October 23, 2003
Also, lawyers say there were more assailants
BELLMORE, N.Y. -- Lawyers for two of the three victims of alleged hazing by members of a high school football team have notified school officials that they intend to sue.
Meanwhile, the lawyers, Robert Kelly and Michael Rubin, accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of failing to look into the possibility that additional players were involved in the alleged sexual assault.
Three varsity members of the Mepham High School football team have been charged with sodomizing younger players with broomsticks, pine cones and golf balls while the team was at a preseason camp in Preston Park, Pa.
Wayne County, Pa. District Attorney Mark Zimmer has said he would seek to have the players, two of them 16 and one 17, tried as adults.
Kelly and Rubin filed notices of claim with the school district Thursday, saying in a written statement that the district ignored past instances of hazing.
Also Thursday, the two lawyers charged that Zimmer has not fully examined claims by their clients that other players were involved in the attack, Newsday reported Friday.
"My information is that there are at least two other students involved in this vicious attack on my clients ... and I would hope that Mr. Zimmer investigates these allegations," Kelly told Newsday.
Zimmer said that "thorough investigations take time" and that Pennsylvania state police and prosecutors are continuing their probe.
"All victims of crime are frustrated by the criminal justice process," Zimmer told Newsday. "And we sympathize with all the victims of crime, especially the victims in this case."