Chief: No charges over reports of basketball hazing assaults

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — Investigators say no charges are being filed over allegations of hazing-related assaults involving a western Pennsylvania high school basketball team.

Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold said Wednesday that allegations that boys were hazed or assaulted with a stick over at least 10 years are valid. But charges won’t be filed because the victims don’t want to prosecute and investigators couldn’t find evidence of criminal intent.

Diebold says students would be dragged or lured into the locker room and held down during the hazing.

The chief says the activity shows there may have been a “catastrophic failure” within the Leechburg Area School District and the board should correct the issues.

The district’s solicitor says it hasn’t seen Diebold’s statement and is awaiting the results of an independent investigation.