The Texas Attorney General's office says the 2017 hazing scandal in the LaVernia High School football team as resulted in felony indictments against four former students.
The Texas Rangers say violent hazing of underclassmen by upper class athletes was a common feature of LaVernia High School sports. More than a dozen students, including the four charged today, were arrested in the case.
The four men, identified by the Attorney General as Dustin Norman, Christian Brock Roberts, Alejandro Ibarra, and Colton Patrick Weidner, are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a Second Degree Felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison.
The indictments allege that the four 'conspired to commit the offense of sexual assault by agreeing with each other that they would commit the offense, and the defendants committed an overt act or acts in pursuance of the agreement.'
The indictments claim that juvenile boys were were 'penetrated' by various items, ranging from a finger to a bottle of shampoo to a 'cardboard rod' to a flashlight.
Federal and state lawsuits charge the LaVernia ISD with knowing about the violent hazing practices among high school athletes and doing nothing to stop them.