Cambridge Teens Pled No Denial in Alleged Hazing Incident

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The two Cambridge students accused of hazing at a summer wrestling camp last June entered a denial plea in juvenile court in Adams County Court Thursday afternoon.

Both boys, along with both sets of parents, appeared in court for their arraignment. Each teen is represented by his own attorney.

The Assistant Attorney General, Michael Guinan released his evidence to the defense attorneys Thursday after the arraignment. His evidence includes police reports, witness statements and witness interviews. The defense will have time before the March 29th pretrial hearing to review the evidence. One of the boys will be attending his pretrial hearing. The other asked to be excused from attending, his attorney will be present for him.

Last June, a county attorney wouldn't charge two students accused of hazing. In early February, the Nebraska Attorney General filed petitions in Juvenile Court in Adams County. The teens are charged with Intentional Child Abuse without Serious Bodily Injury, a Class 3A Felony.

Court documents say the two boys knowingly or intentionally caused a minor to be placed in situations endangering his physical or mental health, encouraged or forced the minor to solicit or engage in debauchery, public indecency, obscene or pornographic films or depictions.

When contacted Thursday, Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Robert Gregory referred to an earlier statement, which said, "We will continue to support the entire student body and of course the victims of this alleged crime. We have worked with state, county, and city officials to continue to provide a safe school and the best possible learning environment for all our students."

Gregory also released a previous statement saying: "We have offered both educational and healing activities to the student body and more importantly to all individuals of this incident. We have brought in professional organizations from the state and county levels to meet with our student body... The incident that occurred on June 30, 2015 is unfortunate for the entire community but especially to those involved. Students have been disciplined by the school district."

In a statement from one Cambridge student's mother who wants to remain anonymous to protect her child says,"Thank you Rep. Hughes and A.G. Peterson. Your attention to this issue affecting out children is a necessary first step towards healing our community."

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