Six teens charged in Napa High School hazing case

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Friday against six teenagers following an investigation into alleged hazing by members of the football team at Napa High School.

Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said the actions of 11 additional teens remain under investigation. No charges will be filed against an assistant football coach, Gerald Harris, accused by police of failing to report possible child abuse, a misdemeanor.

“After a thorough review of the evidence, our office has made a determination that we cannot charge Coach Gerald Harris with any crime. In our professional judgment, the alleged violation cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law at this time and we are therefore ethically prohibited from filing any criminal charges,” Haley said in a statement.

Last November, Napa police began investigating allegations of hazing on the football team in 2015 and 2016 in the weeks leading up to the school’s annual “Big Game” against rival Vintage High. In March, police submitted a final report on their investigation, asking prosecutors to consider criminal charges against an unidentified coach and 14 boys between the ages of 15 and 17. The alleged misconduct consisted of players assaulting teammates by holding them down and hitting and grabbing them, police said.

Haley did not disclose details of the charges filed against the six teens in Napa County Juvenile Court, citing confidentiality laws surrounding…

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