Hazing under investigation at Tri-Village Schools


Staff report



NEW MADISON — Hazing has been under investigation amongst the basketball team at Tri-Village Schools.

On December 15, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was notified of possible incidents of hazing occurring at the high school. Detectives responded to the school to investigate the claims. Upon arrival investigators learned that school officials had already started an investigation and disciplinary process based on some of the allegations reported. Tri-Village School officials cooperated in the Sheriff’s Office investigation.

At this point in the investigation Darke County detectives have interviewed approximately 11 people in the case. Preliminary information supports that misdemeanor hazing incidents have occurred among students on the Tri-Village High School basketball team. The evidence at this time indicates that school staff responded to the incidents as soon as it was reported to them. There is no evidence or information to substantiate allegations of sexual assault or felony conduct.

Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby has been briefed on the evidence in the case to date. He will review the case when the investigative report is completed and discuss the circumstances with any victims and their family before deciding whether charges may be filed.

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Staff report