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Wheaton College Players Plead Innocent in Hazing Case

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Chicago Daily Herald

 

Four of five suspended Wheaton College football players accused of hazing pleaded not guilty Monday morning to charges of aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint alleging an attack on a former teammate in March 2016.

Those charged are James Cooksey from Jacksonville, Florida; Kyler Kregal from Grand Rapids, Michigan; Ben Pettway from Lookout Mountain, Georgia; Noah Spielman from Columbus, Ohio; and Samuel TeBos from Allendale, Michigan.

Kregel, Pettway, Spielman and TeBos entered their not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing and are next scheduled in court on Oct. 31. Cooksey will be arraigned Nov. 13.

The men are accused of abducting a freshman teammate from his dorm room, tying him with duct tape and leaving him in a baseball field in Wheaton. Terry Ekl, the victim's attorney, said his client needed three surgeries for two injured shoulders.

Kregel's attorney Monday asked DuPage Judge Brian Telander to temporarily lift a gag order he placed on the case so attorneys for the players can publicly deny any allegations the freshman was threatened with sexual violation.

Telander will hear arguments on Oct. 31.

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