Cincinnati teen involved in alleged hazing incident, coach charged

Cincinnati teen involved in alleged hazing incident, coach charged

FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -A 14-year-old Cincinnati boy says he is the victim of hazing and his coach is charged in the incident that happened in Franklin last June, Franklin police say.

The victim was a member of the Ohio All Stars Wrestling Team based out of Columbus, Ohio.

According to Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman, the team had rented the Franklin City School Facilities for a few days prior to leaving Ohio for a six-week wrestling tour on the west coast.

Chief Whitman said the victim called his parents to come pick him up early and he said he was the victim of hazing. The incident was then reported to police.

According to their initial investigation the coach, 58-year-old Bart Freidenberg, of Pickerington, OH, knew about the hazing and did not stop it, said Chief Whitman.

“I can tell you that there was physical harm. I can tell you this kid was upset enough to call his parent to say ‘Hey, come get me.’ So that right there is the first red flag for any parent is when any kid who is in a sport they love, wants to leave practice, I’d say that’s an issue,” said the chief.

Chief Whitman says Freidenberg was charged on Friday with one count of child endangering and one count of hazing.

Even though the incident occurred July 2, 2018, Chief Whitman says the charges are just coming out because this type of investigation takes time.

Police are working with Freidenberg’s attorney to bring him to Franklin police for processing before court next Tuesday.

No students from Franklin nor any Franklin City School staff members were found to be involved in this incident, according to the police.

If anyone has any information about the hazing or has been a victim of hazing through the All Stars Wrestling Team is asked to contact Detective David Hatfield of the Franklin Police Department at 937-746-2882 or contact the 1TIP hotline at 937-0743-1TIP (1847).

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