Sierra Vista High hazer pleads not guilty

Student in Sierra Vista Hazing Enters Denial Plea:

The 17-year-old basketball player from Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas who is accused of giving a 14-year-old teammate an involuntary rectal exam, denied the charges against him in court yesterday. That was to be expected but the request made by the defense attorney amazed me to no end…

The suspect is suspended from school and on house arrest. His attorney says he’s a good prospect for a basketball scholarship and asked if the teenager could continue to play while waiting the outcome of the case.

“If that happens there may be some tournament play,” Cremen said. “He would be accompanied at all times either by his grandfather, uncle both of whom are here today or his mother.”

You’re kidding me, right? This kid is facing sexual assault charges and all he’s worried about is basketball. The “reasoning” behind the jock mentality never ceases to amaze me. But here’s what makes it worse…

“There was an incident before the charges were filed in this case where the victim felt intimidated, Prosecutor Mary Brown said. “In the end District Judge William Voy allowed the 17-year-old to play again.

“We need to keep the two separate,” Voy said. “Work it out ok.”

The only condition is the two cannot be at the same gym or in a league where the two boys will play each other on the basketball court.

Nothing like rewarding the suspect and punishing the victim.

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