Prosecutor declines to press case over hazing allegation at Mater Dei High School

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A Southern California prosecutor on Tuesday declined to charge anyone involved in an alleged haze incident inside the locker room of America’s top-ranked high school football program.

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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer not only opted to pursue a criminal case, the prosecutor — by his own admission — took the unusual step of publicly separating the charges against Mater Dei High School.

Condemning a beating that apparently unfolded inside the Mater dei locker room in Santa Ana on February 4, Spitzer said in a statement that the incident was clearly a fight between mutually interested fighters. Spitzer said it was “so inaccurately reported” that it was a case of haze.


“The Orange County District Attorney’s Office generally does not comment on investigations involving teens,” he said.

“There is not a single piece of evidence to show that this was anything other than a mutual fighting situation with two willing participants who jolted each other with repeated punches to the head. This does not make it acceptable.” But it is not a crime.”

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Spitzer said: “At this point, there is no evidence of hedging or any other offense that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt,” he said.

Last week, a teenager said he suffered brain damage and other injury suits he filed against Mater Dei and the Catholic Diocese.

The unidentified plaintiff, a former student-athlete of Mater Dei, who was born in 2004, said that he had been subjected to the game of “bodies”, allegedly a Mater Dei ritual in which a student was given a man before surrendering. He punches as many times as possible. ,

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs suffered multiple blows to the face and head, causing permanent scarring and a “traumatic brain injury” marked by “pain, slurred speech and cognitive dysfunction.”

The boy’s attorney, Michael Rake, declined to criticize Spitzer but said his trial would go ahead.

“This courageous boy did not come forward to see the other child being prosecuted. It is between the Dei and the other children,” Reck said.

The Rev. Walter Jenkins, President of Mater Dei, announced Tuesday’s School “Will engage an outside and independent firm to investigate student safety practices specifically within our athletic programs.”

“First and foremost, I reiterate my commitment to ensuring the safety of our students,” Jenkins said in a statement. “I assure you, that for those of you who have expressed concern about how the school will respond – I have heard you.”

The civil action, which seeks unspecified damages, includes one of the most powerful high school football programs in the country, who has produced two Heisman Trophy Winner And many NFL players.

Mater Dei is currently the country’s top-rated football team, according to Ranking by USA Today And this High School Sports Website MaxPreps,

the emperors won Friday’s Southern Division Division I Title, beat rival Servite High School of Orange County, 27-7.

Mater Dei is now ready to play San Mateo’s Serra High School on December 11 For the California Interscholastic Federation State Open Division Championship. Sera is known as the alma mater of six times Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady and all time Home Run King Barry Bond,

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