Visiting CA football player arrested for sex assault released, not charged

Published On: Aug 26 2013 01:15:00 PM HST

Friday night means high school football games. But a visiting team from California may be in some hot water. A trip to Hawaii ends in jail for some high school football players, and why some parents describe it as hazing that got way out of control.

HONOLULU -

No charges were filed by Honolulu prosecutors after a visiting high school football player from California was arrested Friday in a sex assault investigation.

According to police, a 17-year-old boy was arrested after an alleged assault against a 15-year-old boy that happened Wednesday Aug 21. around 9 p.m.  

According to an assistant coach with the team, the two boys were part of about 161 players from Westlake High School in California who came to Oahu last Monday to play various games over the weekend. Those games included a freshman game against Kamehameha and junior varsity and varsity games against Waipahu.

Parents say the incident occurred at the Hyatt Place Waikiki where the team was staying. According to parents, a group of about 25 seniors from the team broke into a hotel room where five freshmen teammates were staying and assaulted them. Parents say it was more than just bullying and hazing.

Parents also say two other players involved flew back home to Los Angeles on Thursday in an attempt to "run away." They tell us the rest of the players played in the game against Waipahu.

Most of the Westlake team returned home to California on Saturday. The team was also here back in 2007 when they played Waipahu.

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