NM teens deny hazing charges

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) -- Six former high school athletes have denied charges they sexually assaulted younger teammates during a hazing incident at a preseason football camp.

State District Judge Eugenio Mathis on Monday placed the boys on house arrest, allowing them to leave under supervision only for school, work or to go to a community recreation center for two hours a day.

The former Robertson High School football team members, all 16 or 17, appeared in court Monday and denied the Children's Court charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, conspiracy and other crimes.

A state police report included allegations of sodomy with a broomstick.

District Attorney Henry Valdez has filed a notice that he would seek adult punishment against the teens if they are convicted.

Juvenile sentencing could keep them in state custody until they were 21. Adult penalties could subject them to dozens of years in prison.

Head football coach Ray Woods and six assistants resigned in September amid allegations that coaches failed to adequately supervise the players or follow up on initial hazing allegations.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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