New Details Released In Hazing Incident Where 5 Wheaton College Football Players Kidnapped A Teammate And Sodomized Him

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They kidnapped the 19-year-old from his bed.

Though their punishment might have started out as light, five Wheaton College football players are now facing felony charges for allegedly kidnapping and brutalizing their younger teammate during a hazing incident. 

According to the victim — who isn't being named — James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway, Noah Spielman and Samuel TeBos forced their way into the 19-year-old student's dorm room in March of 2016. They punched him, bound his legs and wrists with duct tape and put a pillowcase over his head. 

No other students tried to intervene as they kidnapped him by removing him from the building and put him in the backseat of a car. 

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As part of the hazing incident, two of the Wheaton College football players held the victim down while they drove to the school's baseball field.

One the way, the started playing Middle Eastern music and making racist remarks that the victim was being kidnapped by Muslims who wanted to have sex with goats. 

They "joked" that he was their goat for the evening. 

When they got to the field, the victim was restrained while the players pulled down his shorts and underwear and repeatedly tried to force an object into his rectum. 

They left him half-naked in the dirt without his cellphone. 

Wheaton College officials said they learned about the hazing attack soon after from coaches and other members of the football team.

An internal investigation was launched, and unnamed sources reported that the players were required to perform 50 hours of community service and write an eight-page reflective paper. 

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Wheaton is described as an "elite evangelical college" that holds its students to specific moral standards.

This isn't the first time the school has made the news.

In 2015, they were involved in a high-profile incident where some football players dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes for a skit. 

The students turned themselves in after the police chief called on them to do so. They face felony charges of aggravated battery, mob action, and unlawful restraint due to their roles in the hazing. 

Another player was dumped on the field that night about 10 minutes after the victim.

They were both driven back to campus by classmates who were looking for the second player. 

The victim suffered muscle tears (which required surgery) in both shoulders, along with bruises and scratches.

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