HESPERIA – Years after an alleged sexually abusive hazing incident, a former Oak Hills High School student, who was also a freshman Football player, came forward in the form of a lawsuit.
ESPN reporter, John Barr reported that the now 18-year-old victim, was according to the civil complaint, sodomized in the boy’s bathroom at Oak Hills High school as part of football hazing. Hazing is a ritualist, oftentimes, humiliating practice among sports teams, fraternities or sororities when a new potential member or teammate expresses interest in joining the club or team.
The student, who Victorville Superior Court documents list only as “John Doe ”, alleges that the incident took place in 2012, during his freshman year. Through his attorney, he said that at least two older players turned off the restroom lights, “pinned him down” and sodomized him using their fingers. The young football player continued the year at Oak Hills High School and later transferred to another area school.
Although the incident was not reported to authorities or even school officials, the young student victim told his mother in confidence the same day the incident took place, asking her to not tell his father of the incident. The student only came forward in in September 2016, after another Oak Hills High School student came forward publicly in an emotionally charged ESPN “Outside the Lines” interview aired on September 13th.
The student, Josh Villegas said that when he also was a Freshman football player, in 2013 a similar incident took place. His incident was allegedly reported to school officials, by a friend who was the only person he told. He told the interviewer, he was scared to report the incident in fear that he may lose the “starting spot” he had.
The investigating school police officer at the time, Bill Holland, who is now the mayor of the City of Hesperia when interviewed on the ESPN special said that he believed his 2-day investigation into the incident involving Villegas was sufficient. Outsiders question the integrity of the investigation due to Holland being a volunteer freshman football coach in 2012.
Both of the alleged victims reported abusive language, which included profanity and gay slurs made by coaches. Hesperia Unified School District officials were not immediately available for comment on the pending litigation.
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