Details emerging about Jordan High wrestlers accused of hazing

SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The wrestling team for Jordan High School appears to be in a painful position. As many as 11 wrestlers at Jordan are accused of aggressive team hazing. Sandy police are investigating possible criminal charges.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The wrestling team for Jordan High School appears to be in a painful position. As many as 11 wrestlers at Jordan are accused of aggressive team hazing. Sandy police are investigating possible criminal charges.

"I think it's horrible," said a relative of a Bingham High School wrestler.

"It's wrong, it's uncalled for," said Scott Seiter, father of a Brighton High School wrestler.

Last week a parent reported it to the school, and the Canyons School District started asking questions.

"During the course of the investigation our team confirmed a few incidences of hazing and we have taken steps according to policy," said Jennifer Toomer-Cook, Canyons School District Spokesperson.

ABC 4 is told the students were suspended and kicked off the team. Although no one is saying what they did.

"I think its more of boys goofing off than a hazing incident," said Cody Raddon, father of a Jordan High School wrestler.

Cody Raddon said his son is one of the 11 athletes accused of the hazing. He claims the school intimidated the boys to make them admit something they didn't do.

"The parents weren't even notified, we weren't allowed to be in the room. When we asked to be in the room with them, they wouldn't let us in the room," said Raddon.

Raddon has gone as far as hiring an attorney to clear his son's name. Although some are calling it sexual assault, Raddon's attorney claims the hazing was not sexual in nature.

"I guess a good number of the students would sort of gang up on one younger student, maybe a new entry or younger person on the team and just kind of surround them and poke at them," said Jerome Mooney, Attorney.

When Reporter Brian Carlson spoke to Sandy police Thursday, they wouldn't go into detail, but they said what these wrestlers are accused of doing is much more serious than simple poking.

"If the allegations are verified, they are criminal acts," said Sgt. Jon Arnold, Sandy Police Department Spokesperson.

So far none of the alleged hazing victims or their families have come forward. Sandy police said they are still trying to talk to all the wrestlers involved.

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