9OYS Crime Watch
Nine Sahuarita high students arrested for hazing, bullying
All students formally charged in this incident are students at Sahuarita High School.
The incident happened Tuesday night when a group of students were observed forcing another student to the ground in the locker room. Someone reported it to police Wednesday and the victim was a juvenile, McGlone said.
McGlone also said the kidnapping charges come from the situation because the victim was restrained. "That's what fits into state law," he said.
Attorney Mike Piccarretta is not involved in the case but knows what happens in cases like this. He tells 9OYS the initial charges could be place holders until prosecution takes a closer look. He says whether or not the incident was sexually motivated is key in whether sexual assault charges could be filed.
"When you read [the report] you need more information to determine whether the acts although they were sexual in nature, were done with a sexual motivation and that's something that the police, the prosecutors and ultimately a jury will have to struggle with," Piccarretta said.