Noah Spielman Faces Felony Charges In Hazing Incident

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Five players at Wheaton College in IL are facing felony charges after allegedly hazing a freshman on the team in the spring of 2016.

According to multiple reports five members of the varsity football team for the conservative Christian school Wheaton College have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint after terrorizing a freshman football player previous year in a deplorable hazing incident.

The DuPage County State's Attorney's office announced the charges Monday, naming the five men wanted for questioning, two of whom are from MI.

A local judge set bond at $50,000 for the five Wheaton College students-James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Benjamin Pettway, Noah Spielman and Samuel TeBos-who were charged with aggravated battery, mob action, and unlawful restraint late Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

He reportedly said he was watching TV in his dorm room when several teammates stormed into the room and tackled him before he was punched and restrained with duct tape.

He was then put into a vehicle where he alleges the other men began playing Middle Eastern music and making offensive comments about Muslims.

The freshman told investigators that he was placed in the backseat of a teammate's vehicle and held down by at least two players while others piled into the vehicle...

All five men wanted in the case face up to five years in prison for the aggravated battery charge.

The players then tried to insert an object into the victim's rectum, and he was beaten when he pleaded for them to stop, he told investigators. The temperature that night was about 45 degrees, according to National Weather Service records.

Later, another player was dumped on the field in similar fashion.

"The College has fully cooperated with law enforcement in their investigation".

Whatever action was taken allowed the accused players to remain on the team.

The freshman ultimately took himself to a hospital with muscle tears in both shoulders and various bruises and scratches, the Tribune reports.

The school said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports, "Wheaton College aspires to provide an educational environment that is not only free of hazing, but practices our values as a Christian community".

Wheaton College has one of the top-ranked Division 3 football programs in the nation.

This is not the first time the Wheaton football team has made headlines.

Spielman is 21-year-old defensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio.

The team made national headlines almost three years ago after players dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes as part of so-called team-building activity in a campus gym.

In 2015, Wheaton football players participated in a parody of a Martin Lawrence and Will Smith film "Bad Boys II" in which they dressed up like Klu Klux Klan members and carried confederate flags.

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