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Update: Felony charges dropped against all athletes

January 5, 2011

The Morning News—Melanie Moore Nathan Walker, left, is seated next to his attorney Steve Blaser as Logan Chidester, far right, sits next to his attorney, Justin Oleson during a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Prosecutors agreed to dismiss all remaining felony charges against Logan Chidester and Nathan Walker.
Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith said they reached an agreement with the defense to work toward a resolution.
The preliminary hearing for the case involving two former Blackfoot High School athletes began Wednesday morning.
Logan Chidester and Nathan Walker both faced two felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object. Felony charges facing Tyson Katseanes and Anthony Clarke were dismissed Tuesday.
Testimony from Bingham County Sheriff's Office Detective Justin Dance indicated 15-20 individuals have been interviewed since the investigation began in September. Two separate alleged victims were also called to testify, revealing details of the incidents that occurred.
The incidents, which occurred during the basketball season last year, have been described as "schussing," which was described by one alleged victim as the act of being held down while an attempt is made to penetrate the anus using fingers.
Prior to beginning the preliminary hearing, Katseanes pleaded guilty to one count of principal to a battery. The two remaining charges of false imprisonment have been dismissed. Katseanes will be sentenced Thursday morning.
A full article will appear in Thursday's Morning News.



January 12, 2011 by mp3264 (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 291

Everyone should read the editorial written by Corey Taule in the January 12, 2011 Post Register. It is EXCELLENT!!!

Everyones got an opinion

January 6, 2011 by BLKFTRES, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 264

With the press coverage involved in this situation everyone in Blackfoot seems to have formed an opinion on Hazing subject. Rumors,accusations,blame,shame,lies and speculation have ran through this community like a wildfire. I have read comments about jocks,mormons,criminals,nerds,victims,accused everyone has an opinion.

If you believe everything you hear on tv read in paper or hear from your neighbor....Well your a typical dumb American. Press corps follows president and you only get to see what they want you to see. For the most part Blackfoot Morning News has reported the truth. I understand it is the biggest story in Blackfoot and maybe Southeast Idaho. There really has been nothing new to report til this week yet the same old stories keep airing on TV.

Innocent kids never charged were on the news night after night because they played Football on a State Championship team. Several of the kids have nothing at all to do with this yet their pictures were associated for the success they had on football field. There are plenty out there who love to see Blackfoot in the news and a black eye put on an otherwise successful program. Blackfoot Basketball has not been news worthy for a couple years so why report on a program going downhill.

For those who say the kids got off to easy. How can you say that ? 4 of the five have not even been charged. By prosecutions admittance the one to plead guilty was the least involved in the Horseplay. The prosecutor did not and will not let anyone off the hook. The prosecutor dropped the felony charges because it was very obvious there was not enough evidence to substantiate the charges. Plain and simple. Did the prosecutor pursue the wrong charges to start with ? Was the evidence not strong enough to support the charges ? Were the witnesses and victims not telling the truth ? Was this much less than it has been made out to be ? Did the victims take part in same behavior that the accused were charged with ? Do you know for sure ? I for one do not for I was not there. I was in court and listened to the judge sentence. He took his job very seriously and dealt with the evidence given as well as the plea.

You can disagree, like it or not with decision. Maybe you should have went into law and became a judge. I didnt and neither did you. The fact is that It is what it is. Nobody goes to court and gets off without due process. If the prosecutor had the evidence and witnesses to support felony charges they would not have been dropped. I am sure that decision was not taken lightly. With the kind of press coverage and attention in the community he simply would not have dropped felony charges unless he had to. Reputations and careers are on the line here. Kids, yes they are now adults but were kids lives on the line as well. Due process of the law was taken into account. One young mans fate was decided today. He entered guilty plea to simple battery charge. Nothing else. The 4 other boys fate has not been decided yet. To say they did not or will not get what they deserve shows lack of intelligence and understanding of process and facts. It has not yet been decided people. 1-800 dial a clue.

Easy to sit on side and speculate and give opinions. I can tell some if not most of the comments on here are simply misinformed and going on rumors and hearsay. Our community has been divided by this. I hope and pray for an expedited resolution to this all. For all involved including our community. Save your speculation and accusations and assumptions until the court system and judge have made final decision. Your still safe living in Blackfoot community. After all we still live in " Our own private Idaho".

Felony Charges Dropped

January 6, 2011 by upandgone, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 261

I am appalled at the judicial system Blackfoot has! I can not believe that JUST because these boys(sexual deviants!) are children of so called high society, get off so easy! So far, only one day in jail! Really? Sticking something up anyone's anus forcfully should be a sex crime and they should have to registar as such. What about the ones they offended? Does anyone care about the victim anymore??? When did justice leave our system? It's plain sickening because we all know if it was the other way around and the victims did it to them THEY WOULD GET JAIL TIME AND THEY WOULD SUFFER!!! I am sick to my stomach with Blackfoot and their good ol boy court system! Glad I'm outta here!

Shame on all of you who throw

January 6, 2011 by amazed-ashamed10, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 260

Shame on all of you who throw out your ignorant remarks when you DO NOT know the facts. The court was open and you could and should have attended before you go on judging and shooting off your mouths with INACCURATE statements.
"Truman" first of all you can't believe everything that is in the paper ie: The Morning News as Ms Moore obviously only reports that "shussing" was described by ONE victim as the act of being held down while an attempt is made to penetrate the anus using fingers". When in fact in the courtroom under oath Detective Justin Dance with the Bingahm County Sheriff's Office who investicated the incidents stated that the students' definition of shussing VARIED from holding someone down and hitting them hard on the leg to slapping them on the genital through clothing. Not appropriate I agree but NOT CRIMINAL. With that being said in my opinion there would have to be charges brought against numerous other individuals including the victims. For some reason the fact that these 5 boys played sports makes this all bigger than it is. As for your comment that the only reason that the Prosecutors Office dropped the charges was because they had given into community pressure. Again if you had attended court you would have seen that under oath, in front of a judge that the evidence didn't support the felony charges. It was the appropriate decision for the prosecutors to make. You could tell that the prosecutors were to quick when it came to filing felony charges against these 5 boys. They didn't have as much information and evidence that they should have.
Now onto "sosdd" you "find it appauling that anyone can do this to a team mate, class mate, another human being or whoever and get away with it".......I personally find you appauling that you make the FALSE statement that an object (cell phone) was shoved up someone elses rear end causing trauma to the tune of 10 + stitches. When in fact in court again under oath and in front of a judge the victim that testified stated that clothing was on and it was more like a severe wedgie. The victim also stated that he was friends with the boys before this alleged incident and remained friends with them up until court and he would like to remain friends with them. He also testified that he didn't feel that they would ever intentionally harm him and weren't doing this out of any sexual gratification.
In responce to "Really" your statement "holding down someone and covering their mouth while someone inserts fingers, cell phone or anything into their anus is a crime"....I agree with you however there was not one time that it was testified that those things happened therfore not a crime. I honestly don't know how anything could be inserted into ones anus while wearing levis and underware as he testifed as his attire.
Hazzing and initations are wrong and dangerous. This was horseplay amoungst friends. I hope that everyone can learn from this. My heart goes out to all the boys and their families.


January 7, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 271

You seem to be hiding behind the "court" curtin. How about those victims that were to humiliated to testify in court? What about the ones who have declined to go any further in this case because of the impact it is having on their children (other victims)? What about the ones who are still out there that haven't reported their abuse to the police because of how they will be treated and looked at? And YES, there are more who won't say anything out of fear- period. This is a small town and as we can all see, bad news spreads very quickly. You seem that because (of unforseen circumstances) the feloney charges were dropped (for now) that somehow makes everything ok? Far from it!
Theseboys are not angels, that is a known fact. Does that make them criminals- no, but the actions they took on other students did. I know no one wants to believe that boys would do the things they are being accused of, espically their families, but it does and did happen. The real crime seems to be that they are going to get away with it with little to no impact on their futures. I only wish many of their victims could say the same thing.

Wrong is Wrong

January 7, 2011 by Truman, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 269

You can justify the actions of these young men any way you would like but it is still sick and wrong. who in their right mind would hold down someone and attempt to insert a finger into someones annus regardless of having choles on or not? If it was just done in fun why does it take several people to hold down the person it is being done to? That does not sound like fun to me, O well. I don't know how you can feel good about these actions and defend them.


January 6, 2011 by justice, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 265

The comments made by you sosdd is more criminal than the crimes the 5 boy's have been charged with. I feel the prosecuters need a copy of your testimony, and if false charge you with abstruction of justice. Really, you need some of your own meds.

Hey "justice", did it ever

January 7, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 272

Hey "justice", did it ever occur to you that some people may actually know more about this than you? Didn't think so...
Your comment is not only hogwash but plain stupid. Me saying that justice should be served regardless of who these boys are is not criminal but a fact. Your stupidity is border-line criminal though. By the way- none of the charges were false against the boys. Just because they are bargening for a lessor charge does not make them victims!


January 7, 2011 by krischid (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 276

sosdd, I'm curious about how u think u know anything about this? Your comments show that u don't know much at all, so before u go calling stupidity on everyone that actually knows the truth, why don't u take a good long look in the mirror. I know u wished or hoped that these boys did the things that they were accused of(cellphone penetration or whatever)but they didn't. There was NEVER evidence of the sexual penetration that has been aired over the news for the past month. The prosecutors were wrong to make those charges. Don't u think it's a little odd that the prosecutors wanted to seal their own evidence. It's because they never had anything worthy of a felony charge to begin with. So before u make your 6-8 bold opinions, know the facts, because you're the one that looks stupid here.

Easy there!

January 10, 2011 by Really... (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 286

KrisChid- I know that it is probably very frusterating to read these things being posted about your family. I also realize that you want to believe everything that he tells you and take that as the truth. No one ever hoped these crimes that were committed were true! What an assenine thing to say! Most of the people on here cheered for these boys all through high school. This whole situation is very disappointing and disturbing.
As for right and wrong in this case... the prosecutors dropped the feloney charges (for now) saying they have the right to re-file when more evidence is available. Yes, they were a little to hasty in filing those charges, but it doesn't mean the boys didn't commit crimes. Do you have any idea how hard it is/was for an victim to come face to face with those boys and say what happened? I can only imagine that is why several of the key witnesses/victims have backed out saying they can't go through this anymore. And can you blame them?? These poor boys still have to go to school everyday and face their peers and all the drama.
It is on public record that these boys held down teamates against their will and forcibly "penetrated" their anus's. Sounds like a crime to me. Getting off of some charges or having them reduced because of technicalities don't prove innocense. Don't you see- It's not about looking stupid. it's way more than that! I see some growing up is needed, not just by those boys!


January 13, 2011 by th (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 293

"Really..." has shown time and time again just how ignorant he/she really is. He/she obviously has no knowledge of anything and is just spouting off about what the overzealous prosecutor has said. The only reason the prosecutor dropped the charges was because he knew it would be thrown out, so in order to save face he dropped them so he could continue his charade. I know you'll ask what motivation he could possibly have for bringing unfounded charges forward in the first place and I have no idea, why did he bring completely unfounded murder charges on Makel McBride?
Had you listened to the interrogations of the "victims" you would know just how ridiculous these charges were. And yes I say interrogations because they were verbally abused and badgered until they told the investigators exactly what they wanted to hear. Don't believe me? Check it out yourself. The only "victims" that refused to testify were the ones that have done far worse things to their peers, like "teabagging" numerous teammates. By the way penetration was never achieved, and was not even the goal, proven by the "victim" himself. He was wearing denim jeans! All "victims" were fully clothed at all times. If you had any knowledge of the human body you would know that it is difficult to penetrate the anus, even for health care providers when they have lubricated latex gloves on and the patient is holding perfectly still. Again don't believe me ask any that have performed a rectal exam. This "victim" also still wants to be friends with those boys, now tell me if someone tried sodomized you would you be asking to be their friend? The "victims" are not scarred for life, they said that they had all but forgotten anything had ever happened until the investigators pounded it out of them. So you can stop with all the name calling and cries of light punishment. The injustice here is that charges were filed in the first place, not only was it unjust for the 5 accused but for the "victims" as well, who were far more victimized by the investigators than they ever were by those 5 boys. Oh and just because someone has more information than you do and puts these 5 boys in a positive light does not mean that they are related to one, just another example of your ignorance.

True ignorance

January 14, 2011 by Really... (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 296

True ignorance is people like you that are still trying to downplay the severity of what has taken place. People like you that are trying to make the victims the perps and vice versa! If the events that took place were really not as bad as they were first thought to be then thank God! It still doesn't change the fact that not only did those boys break school rules but the law- plain and simple. It just sucks that people like you continue to make light of this situation. No wonder kids think its ok to do stuff llike this to each other!

People are ignorant

January 6, 2011 by idahoMom, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 255 never ceases to amaze me how ignorant people are! First of all...there was NEVER a cell phone involved. At least the news finally cleared up that wild rumor. Second, it is nearly impossible to actually insert your finger in someone's anus while they are wearing both underwear and levi's. The Defense had an expert ready to testify showing how difficult it is. Yes...this "shishing" is gross, nasty, and stupid but in no way did the actual crime committed look anything like "forcible sexual penetration". Battery probably but not what they were charged with.

Get real Blackfoot...this crime should have been handled differently from the very beginning. Where was the coach and other adults at the time these crimes were committed. The School administrators mishandled this as well. And finally you have an overzealous detective known for being a "case maker" instead of a fact finder. Couple that with a deputy prosecutor who should have known better.

The reason the charges were dismissed is because Scott Andrew got involved and knew this would be both a difficult and expensive case to pursue. And ultimately would the result have been "justice". In this case he wisely sought an alternative way to find resolution.

Don't for one minute think any of these boys "got off scott free". they did not. they will live with this reputation for the rest of their lives. Plus all the heinous rumors (cell phone) will also follow them. They will be charged and tried for the misdemeanors crimes they committed and that is the way it should be.

Time to put this one to rest and most importantly time to stop the nasty rumors that are much worse than the actual crimes themselves!

Felony charges dropped.

January 6, 2011 by Truman, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 254

Just because the Felony charges have been dropped it does not mean that these young men are not guilty of the charges that they were charged with it just means that the prosecutors office has given into commuity pressure. From what I have read in the paper what these five individuals did was, is, and always will be wrong. I don't feel bad that they had to go through this, wrong is wrong. In what time and place do you think it is ok to violate someone in this manner? To the individual that this happen to how can you be friends with people like this? I have never wanted to do anything like this to a person I call my friend. This is just plan sick, sick, sick.

For everyone that said these

January 6, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 251

For everyone that said these boys will get off with nothing- you were right, how sad! I find it appauling that anyone can do this to a teamate, classmate, another human being or whoever and get away with it! All because the victims couldn't go forward anymore? I guess the strain of the small town pressures finally got to them (understandably). I can only imagine how hard this was on them and what they had to face, God bless them!
Once again football players get away with doing illegal things- man this town never changes! Let's slap their hand (yet again) and send them off into the world to do more harm...way to go prosecutors that will teach them a lesson.
I guess I just don't understand how someone can shove an object (cell phone) up someone else's rear end (causing trauma to the tune of 10+ stitches) and it not be a crime? Can someone please explain that to me???

You All?

January 6, 2011 by bodiddly (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 249

I still feel it is a problem with the administration and individual character. I personally feel that everybody has attacked these kids. However, it is now public record that they still held a kid down and touched him inappropriately and put their fingers inside the anus. This is still a sex crime. Even though this was reduced to a misdemeanor, does not eliminate the fact this is SICK. You shouldn't be so quick to demand an apology when it is still a crime in Idaho to stick ones fingers up a guys butt. "lilfav", you should just be glad this has been reduced to misdemeanor for even the guy the did the finger job and walk away from it all. I am good friends with families on both sides but it doesn't make it right. I do think the young men have learned a lesson, it has cost them their reputation, and now they need to earn the respect back in the community. They can make that change. It's up to them. They are not the victims here and require no apology. Nobody is going to apologize.

I agree totally. Cleaning

January 7, 2011 by sosdd, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 273

I agree totally. Cleaning house is well warented in this district. The sad part of this is as the boys get off with lessor charges and next to no penalties, so will all the adults involved. As soon as the lack of justice has been handed to the last boy, the district will go back to the same old crap. Unfortunatly for our children nothing is going to change.


January 6, 2011 by krischid (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 244

well said lilfav. where r the haters now? It's amazing what happens when the truth comes out and no more false accusations can be made. God bless the accused and their families because nobody can take back what they have been through and YES obviously I know personally. Hopefully no more future witch hunts will take place in Blackfoot. I would hate to see anymore families go through this.


January 11, 2011 by Really... (not verified), 4 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 289

You are really stuck on this whole "witch hunt" thing! Like people got together and decided that they were going to try to take these 5 boys down?? What a stupid thing to insinuate! REGUARDLESS of what ends up happining, it is on public record that several of these boys held down another boy and forcibly penitrated his anus---period. That is still a crime in this country! According to our district policy this would have kept these boys from graduating with their class as well, but it had been swept under the rug for them until recently. Instead of saying people are on a witch hunt for these boys why don't you drop to your knees and thank God that they are going to get off as easy as they seem to be. In fact, that is the real crime in my poinion!

You all

January 6, 2011 by lilfav (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 241

What you got now all you judgemental haters??!! I think an apology is in order. Lets get all the facts on the table before throwing stones!!!

I said it once before and I will say it again, shame on all of you who have done nothing but spoken badly about these 5 boys. Our Prosecuting Attorneys, Randy Smith and Scott Andrews and Bingham County Detectives, Dance and Newbold shame on you too!! This is where your focus has been while meth dealers have been selling crack to our kids!! Someone needs to get their ducks in a row!

You all remember our tax dollars have paid for all this Bullxxxx!

just goes to show

January 6, 2011 by Really... (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 250

It says that feloney charges were dropped "as to reach an agreement with the boys". So it seems that once again these boys were given a pass on their wrong doings. I don't care what anyone says- holding down someone and covering their mouth while someone inserts fingers, cell phone, or anything into their anus is a crime. If this had been done to a girl then it would have been called rape, no if's and's or but's. I think its a sad day in this town when (yet again) criminals get to "plea" their way out. Just goes to show how important football players are in this sad little town. I hope the victims file civil suits for the injustice that is happening!

Some of you small town people

January 6, 2011 by tonyfields61, 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 248

Some of you small town people are so outspoken when it's not your child being victimized. The law is set up to protect those who have been infringed upon. I haven't heard anyone say that the victims held themselves down so they could be violated. Clearly your backside has been protected through your life or you'd probably have a different outlook. Good luck to the victims and their families in moving on, and good luck to the 5 accused in changing their thoughts and their actions.

Oh and by the way, meth dealers don't sell crack. That comes from cocaine. Learn first.


January 6, 2011 by lilfav (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 258

Darling if they are selling meth they are selling crack! You learn!

we all

January 6, 2011 by marieosmond (not verified), 4 years 20 weeks ago
Comment: 247

What we all have got is an education in the kind of bullying activities that go on at the high school, and also an insight into the characters of these five boys. We've had some good conversations with our children about what is acceptable behavior. We have hopefully a new generation of varsity athletes that will think twice about "initiating", harassing or bullying the younger players.
also we got some Karma for those people who think that they can do whatever they want to do without any consequences.
Do those five boys feel like maybe they were unjustly picked on? Embarrassed in front of their peers? Afraid and scared of what would happen to them? I think this is called, "what goes around comes around" and I for one am glad that they got to feel some consequences similar to what they dished out over their high school years to others who felt the same exact way when they were being unjustly picked on, embarrassed, and afraid.

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