Teen charged as adult in Hamilton High hazing case identified

Posted at 4:25 PM, Mar 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-01 13:22:31-04

A 17-year-old student being charged as an adult in a Chandler high school hazing case has been identified.

Court documents released Friday state Nathaniel Thomas is facing three counts of kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of molestation and one count of sexual assault.

Thomas is one of three students facing criminal charges for hazing incidents at Chandler's Hamilton High School.

County prosecutors on Thursday said two 16-year-olds have been charged in juvenile court with kidnapping, aggravated assault and assault. A 15-year-old's possible involvement in the hazing is being investigated further.

The suspects were Hamilton High football players, and the hazing allegedly occurred between September 2015 and January 2017 in the team's locker room, police said.

Prosecutors say at least one of the hazing incidents involved Thomas using a finger to sexually penetrate another player. Because of the sex offense, the judge ordered Thomas be held without bond.

According to court paperwork, there are at least three alleged victims and at least two of them were under 15 years old at the time of the incidents. A third party reportedly alerted police to the crimes.

Police continue to investigate and are looking into the possibility of more victims.

Chandler Unified School District officials say they're cooperating with police.

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