Five football players at a conservative Christian college in suburban IL are facing felony charges for allegedly brutalizing their younger teammate in a racially charged hazing incident in 2016. Police say the players took the victim from his residence hall with a pillowcase over his head, tied him up with duct tape, and left him beaten and half-nude in a field. "We are giving them an opportunity to turn themselves in and we expect them to turn themselves in voluntarily very soon in a few days", Volpe said.
About 10 minutes later, a second player was dumped on the field, he told investigators.
The College has fully cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation.
The victim said in a statement given to the Chicago Tribune that the hazing incident has had a major impact on his life. Three of them, Speilman, Kregel, and Pettway all played in a game Saturday. "What was done to me should never occur in connection with a football program or any other activity".
The evangelical Wheaton College has found itself embroiled in other controversies in the recent past, including a 2015 skit that involved KKK costumes and the case of former professor Larycia Hawkins, who was suspended after she wore hijab and posted that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. When it was all over, he said he had been left on a baseball diamond, half-naked on a 45-degree night, his cellphone taken, with muscle tears in both shoulders. Sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune that some of the college's football players were required to complete 50 hours of community service and write an eight-page essay to reflect on their behavior.
Each year, Wheaton athletes must sign an anti-hazing policy that prohibits them from humiliating, degrading, abusing and endangering another person when they join a campus team or organization.
It is unclear if the players were ever suspended from the team.
Pettway is a 21-year-old offensive lineman from Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Noah Spielman is a 21-year-old senior defensive lineman who originally attended the University of Toledo before transferring to Wheaton.
Spielman is 21-year-old defensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio.
The team made national headlines almost three years ago after players dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes as part of so-called team-building activity in a campus gym.
In 2015, Wheaton football players participated in a parody of a Martin Lawrence and Will Smith film "Bad Boys II" in which they dressed up like Klu Klux Klan members and carried confederate flags.
Players involved with the skit said it was meant to be satirical, but acknowledged it was inappropriate.