BLACKFOOT (AP) — Four former Blackfoot High School athletes have been charged with various misdemeanors as well as felony counts of forcible sexual penetration using a foreign object.
Three of the four adults have gone on to college to play football, but two of them have been suspended from their teams.
The charges come roughly a year after police say Nathan Walker, Anthony Clarke, Logan Chidester and Tyson Katseanes, all 19, engaged in hazing activities, which allegedly happened between Dec. 2, 2009, and Feb. 28. The four were charged last week and are scheduled to appear in 7th District Court on Dec. 23.
Authorities say a fifth former athlete at the school who is a juvenile also faces charges.
The misdemeanor counts include false imprisonment and battery.
Police say the incidents took place at the school's locker room and on a bus, and involved multiple victims.
Max Corbet, assistant athletic director at Boise State, in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday, said Clarke is on suspension from the team without further elaborating.
Chidester is a red-shirt freshman at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Head coach Mike Van Diest says Chidester has been suspended from playing with the team, which is competing in the NAIA championship game on Dec. 18.
Walker is at Idaho State University in Pocatello. An official in the athletics department told the AP it's unclear if any action has been taken. A new coaching staff at the school is just taking over.
Bingham County Chief Dep. Prosecuting Attorney Randy Smith said the investigation is continuing, and it's possible more victims will come forward. He said there are three or four so far.
"I'm not going to go into the details of the case but it seems pretty egregious to me," he said.
"Blackfoot is a small community, so most people know somebody that's involved," Smith said. "I liken it to a nasty divorce case. People struggling with which side do I support, because they know people on both sides. It's a struggle for everybody involved, me included."