Four Lisbon High School students charged following wrestling team hazing incident

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- Four former Lisbon High School wrestlers were charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault charges for multiple incidents of bullying which came to light in late December


Nathan Taylor Jubeck, 18, and Dakota Christian VanDyke, 18, are charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident in the shower locker room, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday. They are accused of urinating on a 15-year-old. If convicted, they could face probation or up to 30 days in jail.


Delinquency charges of assault and third-degree harassment have also been filed in juvenile court against two 17-year-olds for incidents which occurred in the wrestling room, according to a news release from the Linn County Attorney's Office Thursday. They are accused of placing their genitalia in the 15-year-old's face. If convicted, the juveniles would face probation or time at the training school.


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The allegations came to light in December, when a 15-year-old member of the team reported to school officials and the Lisbon Police Department that some upperclassmen of the team held him down while others allegedly placed their genitalia in his face, according to the release. The incident occurred before the coaches arrived and practice began.


In another reported incident, other wrestlers allegedly urinated on the 15-year-old in the shower of the locker room after practice concluded, according to the release. The 15-year-old didn't immediately report the abuse until some of the members threatened to continue such acts against him.


Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said he asked the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to assist Lisbon Police after officers identified at least three other victims on the team, who when questioned, reported being subjected to the same type of physical contact. Vander Sanden said the families of these three other alleged victims requested that criminal charges not be filed on their behalf.


Vander Sanden said the wrestling coaches were interviewed and denied knowledge of the incidents. Investigators never received information from any source suggesting the coaching staff was aware of the alleged abuse, he said.


The DCI also interviewed the families of the students who didn't want to pursue charges to confirm their decisions, Vander Sanden said. Wrestlers who were accused of committing the acts were questioned, and investigators also subpoenaed the written records of the investigation conducted by the Lisbon School District.


Vander Sanden explained the assault charges were appropriate because the “offensive physical contact was meant to embarrass or humiliate, there wasn't any proof (the acts) were done for sexual purpose or sexual gratification.”


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Vander Sanden would not comment on camera Thursday, but he did tell KCRG-TV9 that filing simple misdemeanor charges usually does not take this long.


“We had to call in a separate law enforcement agency, and we were following the actions of the school district that also conducted an investigation,” he said. “They are simple misdemeanors, but they're also serious allegations. We wanted to make sure we were thorough in gathering the facts and making the correct charging decision rather than a hasty decision.”


Throughout the investigation, questions arose as to why the Linn County attorney was not looking at sexual charges in this case. Vander Sanden says that is a result of state law.


“We could not file more serious sexual assault charges, because in Iowa, in order to prove a sex crime, you have to prove the crime was committed for a sexual purpose or the purpose of sexual gratification,” he said. “The allegations we had here had nothing to do with such gratification, sexual purpose or intent. It appears to all have been done to embarrass or humiliate the victims. There was no sexual component to the activity.”


Here's the news release on the case from the Linn County Attorney's Office:


Today the Linn County Attorney's Office filed charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of inappropriate and offensive physical contact by members of the Lisbon wrestling team against other students on the team. The investigation was initiated on December 19th, 2011 when a fifteen (15) year old member of the wrestling team reported to school authorities and the Lisbon Police Department that certain upperclassmen of the wrestling team had committed several offensive and abusive physical acts against him. He reported that some members of the team had held him down while others allegedly placed their exposed genitals in his face in a practice referred as “tea-bagging.” These incidents allegedly took place in the wrestling room before the coaches arrived and practice began. On another occasion, other wrestlers had allegedly urinated on him in the shower of the locker room after practice concluded. The fifteen year old victim did not immediately disclose the abuse but decided to report the incidents when some threatened to continue future such acts against him.


While conducting the official investigation into the matter, the Lisbon Police Department was able to identify at least three other victims on the wrestling team who, when questioned, reported being subjected to the same type of inappropriate and offensive physical contact. However, the families of these three students requested that criminal charges not be filed on their behalf. None of the victims who were questioned indicated that the coaching staff had any knowledge of the incidents being investigated.


On January 4th, 2012, the Linn County Attorney requested that the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assist the Lisbon Police Department in their investigation. The wrestling coaches were interviewed and all denied knowledge about any of the incidents of physical abuse being described by members of the team. Investigators never received information from any source suggesting that the coaching staff was aware of the incidents being reported. The DCI also re-contacted the families of the students who did not wish to pursue charges to confirm their preference that no criminal charges be filed on their behalf. Efforts were also made to question the wrestlers who were alleged to have committed these acts and investigators subpoenaed the written records of the investigation conducted by the Lisbon School District into the incidents.


Based upon the information gathered in the investigation, charges of assault have been filed against Nathan Taylor Jubeck (DOB: 8/28/1993) and Dakota Christian VanDyke (DOB: 1/24/1994) stemming from the alleged incident in the shower of the locker room. In addition, delinquency charges of Assault and Harassment in the 3rd Degree have been filed in juvenile court against (EDITOR'S NOTE: the alleged perpetrators' names have been removed due to their status as minors) based upon the alleged incidents which occurred in the wrestling room. It is important to note that the charges themselves are only allegations and that the defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 
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onlyTheObvious

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Wrestlers can be so gross.

new retirement gig… locker room supervisor. Work an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.

would beat the jell out of driving a bus.
 

ping72

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Ok, the genitalia to the face is and should be charged as a sex crime.

Peeing on somebody in the shower, though, is not something that needs police involvement unless it’s a part of a larger pattern of bullying or hazing.
 

OILCHECKER

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As a former high school coach, weird as it sounds, you pretty much always have to have at least one adult present in the locker room before and after each practice. That doesn't mean he's standing there watching kids shower but he needs to make his presence known.
 
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jellyfish10

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If true they should absolutely be punished. I regret not speaking up about the bullying that went on when I was in school 25ish years ago. I was lucky and didn’t get it nearly as bad as other kids. Shit smeared on lockers, heads put it toilets, dead animals thrown in the shower, swastikas drawn on foreheads with permanent markers, and on and on and on. Everyone just seemed to turn a blind eye to it. No kid should be scared to go in the locker room or go to practice. That kind of behavior is disturbing at best.
 

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OP forms narrative then searches for articles to support it. Nothing new, this is how our mainstream media functions as well.
 
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Wrestlers can be so gross.

new retirement gig… locker room supervisor. Work an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.

would beat the jell out of driving a bus.
Gross, dude. Leave your fantasies in your mind next time.
 

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If true they should absolutely be punished. I regret not speaking up about the bullying that went on when I was in school 25ish years ago. I was lucky and didn’t get it nearly as bad as other kids. Shit smeared on lockers, heads put it toilets, dead animals thrown in the shower, swastikas drawn on foreheads with permanent markers, and on and on and on. Everyone just seemed to turn a blind eye to it. No kid should be scared to go in the locker room or go to practice. That kind of behavior is disturbing at best.
Freshman football initiation where I grew up. Icy Hot on the nuts. We feared it for years growing up. There was always fear that we’d have to participate in the Great Grape Race too. A grape up your butt and you’d have to crawl on you hands and knees the length of the gym floor. If it falls out, you eat it. That one never came to fruition, but it was always in the back of our minds as a possibility. About 10 years later my former high school had a similar issue as Lisbon. Wrestlers and TBagging. Charges were pressed.
 
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What's the world coming to that you can't even piss on people anymore, or god forbid, give them the ol' teabag.

Boys will be boys.
 

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See what happens when you start treating gheys and lisbonians like they're "normal people"...?? 👀
 

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