CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An Ohio wrestling coach charged in a hazing incident that took place in Franklin this past year has turned himself in.
Bart Freidenberg turned himself Friday afternoon at the Franklin Police Department on the recently-filed child endangerment and hazing criminal charges.
A 14-year-old Cincinnati boy recently said he was victim of the hazing, according to Franklin police. 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 Freidenberg, of Pickerington, Ohio, knew about the hazing and did not stop it, said Chief Whitman.
“I can tell you that there was physical harm,” said the chief.
Though the incident took place July 2, 2018, Chief Whitman says the charges are just coming out because this type of investigation takes time.
Freidenberg was fingerprinted and photographed Friday and was taken to the Franklin Municipal Court for an initial appearance. He was released on his own recognizance and scheduled to appear for a pre-trial on May 21.
No students from Franklin nor any Franklin City School staff members were found to be involved in this incident, according to the police.