Former Berea-Midpark football player sentenced to probation for hazing incident at football camp

Former Berea-Midpark football player sentenced to probation for hazing incident at football camp

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 19-year-old former Berea-Midpark High School football player was sentenced Thursday to probation for two years.

In January, Jabriel Williams pleaded guilty to abduction, hazing and obstructing justice.

Williams was arrested in August of 2019 after a hazing incident when the Berea-Midpark High School football team held their summer camp at Case Western Reserve University from June 9-12.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, multiple victims were sexually assaulted in a dormitory.

“The victim here stated he did not want to do it, he did not want to be a part of this, and he tried to leave” said the prosecution “at which point the defendant strong armed him, your honor, he held out his arm pushed him back and put him down on the bed”.

The investigation began in June of 2019 when an anonymous caller left a message on the Ohio Department of Public Safety Schools Hotline and a state official then contacted police.

Berea police, Case Western Reserve University police and officers with Cleveland Police Sex Crimes Unit conducted the investigation.

In a letter written by the victims family they expressed how much the defendant’s actions have impacted the victim.

“You were not only an adult, and a teammate but you were also someone my son looked up to you he trusted you”.

Williams, pleaded guilty to abduction, hazing and obstructing justice.

Three other juvenile Berea-Midpark High School football players are also facing charges.

Their cases are pending in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

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