Two of the three Long Island football players who admitted sexually abusing freshman teammates will be confined indefinitely, and the third will return home on probation, a Pennsylvania judge ruled yesterday. The New York Times says that one of the three varsity players, from Mepham High School in Bellmore, N.Y., was sentenced to boot camp. A second was sentenced to a residential treatment facility for juveniles. The third teenager can return home but will not be allowed to attend Mepham High School. Robert Kelly, an attorney for two victims, said the decision effectively ends the major criminal aspect of the Mepham scandal.
Prosecutors are expected to charge a fourth Mepham player in the attacks, and a grand jury is investigating whether the team’s five coaches should face charges. Kelly said he expects to file civil suits against the school district.
The sentences were delivered during a closed hearing Wayne County, Pa. Common Pleas Court President Judge Robert Conway has sealed the case and ordered those involved not to talk about the proceedings.
Relatives of the victims had argued that the crimes were so brutal they merited the harshest possible punishment. Prosecutors said the defendants repeatedly sodomized the three freshman players with golf balls, pine cones, and a broomstick last August at a football training camp in Preston Park, Pa.