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Soccer team sexual hazing caught on video, legal claim alleges

October 5, 2012 |  6:59 am

Legal claims filed in court allege that acts of sexual hazing by soccer players at La Puente High School were captured on cellphone video and that a coach knew about the incidents.

The claims filed by four teenagers allege older players targeted younger players. The claims, a precursor to a civil lawsuit, allege the coach "supported and conspired and abetted with students."

Four senior members of the soccer team have been arrested on suspicion of assault and the soccer coach has been placed on leave.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said investigators have identified at least four alleged victims, and the coach is under investigation, but so far detectives have no direct evidence of his participation.

"There are many more victims but most fear retaliation if they report it," said attorney Brian Claypool, who represents the four boys and their parents. Claypool said one of the alleged victims was expelled "after he reported being attacked."

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Supt. Barbara Nakaoka said she could not comment on any specifics because of student and teacher confidentiality requirements.

"The investigation is still continuing by the Special Victims Unit, and we have an ongoing investigation which I cannot jeopardize," she said.

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