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Soccer players under investigation in alleged sexual hazing of teammates

September 23, 2012 |  7:07 am

 Exterior of La Puente High School.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an allegation that La Puente High School soccer players sexually hazed younger players.

The Special Victims Unit launched the investigation after one player complained to authorities, law enforcement sources said. The sources said the hazing may have gone on for years and that detectives were trying to determine if it was sexual in nature.

Detectives said they have no information that faculty or coaching staff were directly involved with the incidents, which involved an unknown number of 14- and 15-year-old boys.

The department did not divulge any details of the alleged incidents, but in a news release said the hazing had gone on for several years and "may have risen to the level of a crime." The probe is being conducted by the Special Victims Bureau, which handles investigations of child sexual and physical abuse.

Anyone with relevant information should call the bureau hotline at (877) 710-5273.

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Photo: Exterior of La Puente High School. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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