BLACKFOOT — The four former Blackfoot athletes facing charges relating to hazing incidents in the past year have been served and are scheduled to appear in front of Magistrate Judge Charles Roos Dec. 23. A fifth individual will also be charged but is not being identified because he was a juvenile at the time the incidents occurred.
The four adults and an unidentified juvenile were identified after the Blackfoot Police Department, in cooperation with the administration and staff at Blackfoot High School, began an investigation in September after students came forward to report incidences of harassment, intimidation and bullying. The investigation is ongoing.
Nathan Walker, Logan Chidester, Anthony Clarke and Tyson Katseanes are scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges of forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object and misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment. Clarke, Katseanes and Walker also face charges of aiding and abetting. Chidester faces two additional misdemeanor counts of battery. A fifth individual was allegedly involved but has not been identified because he was a juvenile at the time the incidents occurred. All were seniors at Blackfoot High School during the 2009-2010 school year.
According to charging documents filed in Magistrate Court, several individuals were forcibly restrained inside the locker room at Blackfoot High School on different occasions between Dec. 2, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2010. An incident also occurred on a school bus near Shelley during the same time period.
The charging documents indicate the victims were held down as the suspects either fondled them or inserted their fingers through clothing into the victim’s anus. One individual was victimized on three separate occasions, according to the documents.
The investigation into the allegations of hazing is ongoing and additional victims or suspects may be identified in the coming months.
Blackfoot Superintendent Scott Crane refused to discuss whether the district has policies in place to report or prevent bullying or hazing. All district personnel are restricted from speaking about the subject.
School District Policy 575 states that all staff members and students who become aware of hazing activities are required to immediately report incidents to the building principal.