LILBURN, GA (CBS46) –
Six members of the Parkview High School baseball team have been suspended from school, but now police said no criminal charges will be filed in the case.
It’s a scandal that’s stunned students, athletes, and parents at the school in Lilburn.
The baseball team is ranked top in the nation, but the accusations that some players may have sexually assaulted younger teammates has raised serious concerns and resulted in serious punishment.
Five members of the team were suspended for the entire school year. One was suspended for a semester. Some are still appealing those punishments.
However, the new development could prove to be a game-changer.
The hazing allegedly took place this summer during a tournament in North Charleston, SC.
Detectives there said they have reviewed evidence and interviewed an alleged victim who came forward two weeks ago – saying he was sexually violated and assaulted inside his hotel room.
After reviewing the case with prosecutors, they determined there was no criminal wrongdoing – just horseplay or wrestling.
Captain Scott Perry with the North Charleston Police Department told CBS46, “With this specific case, there was nothing inappropriate that would indicate a crime or the need for criminal charges. It was mostly just wrestling.”
Giles Sexton, an attorney who represents one of the accused baseball players, reacted to the decision not to file charges. Sexton said “Well hopefully it’s a healing process really for everybody involved, especially the whole Parkview community.”
Sexton also believes this decision may help the student who are appealing their suspensions.
“Hopefully the state board will take a look at the fact that no charges were pressed and perhaps evaluate the sanctions,” Sexton said.
That parents of the alleged victim who went to police have also filed a civil lawsuit against the hotel where the team was staying. The case is still pending.
Gwinnett County officials say they have no comment on the police investigation. A spokesperson for the school district also would not comment on whether hazing policies would be reviewed or whether the student athletes would be trained on what constitutes hazing.