McNicholas HS football players enter denial pleas in locker room assault case

McNicholas HS football players enter denial pleas in locker room assault case

MOUNT WASHINGTON, OH (FOX19) - Four McNicholas High School football players were supposed to be in court Friday for an alleged assault on a teammate.

Instead, the attorneys showed on behalf of the students and entered denial pleas to the felonious assault charges before a Hamilton County Juvenile Court magistrate.

On Oct. 24, Cincinnati police arrested the four students following an alleged assault on a teammate in the team's auxiliary locker room. The students face one count each of felonious assault.

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"The police investigation into the recent locker room incident at McNicholas High School appears to be complete. Based upon conversations with the Hamilton County Juvenile Prosecutors' office, the Cincinnati Police Department has arrested four boys. This matter is now in the hands of the juvenile court system, and the judicial process has begun," McNicholas officials said in a statement.

The arrest stems from an alleged Oct. 9 incident in the team's locker room where, according to police records, a 14-year-old student was struck in the groin with cleated shoes by another student. A third student then pulled down his own shorts and stuck his buttocks in the victim's face.

"Upon learning of the incident, McNicholas promptly investigated and contacted the appropriate authorities," the school said.

The next court date for the McNicholas athletes will be on Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

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