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4 players arrested in basketball hazing

May 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM   |   Comments

NOBLESVILLE, Ind., May 18 (UPI) -- Four former Indiana high school basketball players charged with hazing were released on bond Tuesday morning after spending a night in jail.

The four teens, who attend Carmel High School in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, turned themselves in Monday afternoon, the Indianapolis Star reported. They face misdemeanor offenses including criminal recklessness and assault.

Prosecutors in Hamilton and Hendricks counties, who investigated incidents in the locker room and on a team bus, have revealed no details about what the four allegedly did.

Prosecutors have been criticized for using a grand jury in the investigation, which they said was done to protect the witnesses. Hamilton County Prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp said at a news conference Monday the grand jury served another function, ensuring an investigation based on facts, not rumors.

"Having input from the community was a very important part of this whole process," she said. "Their decision was well thought- and long thought-out."

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