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Chelmsford football players accused in hazing case

About a half-dozen members of the Chelmsford High School football team are under investigation in allegedly hazing a teammate during an overnight preseason camp in New Hampshire in August, officials said.

Chelmsford Deputy Police Chief James Spinney said the alleged incident involved “unwanted contact.”

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“That's the least level we are talking about, involving something of that nature,’’ Spinney said. He declined to be more specific because his department is not investigating the case, which originated in Moultonborough, N.H.

The alleged incident took place at Camp Robindel, when an estimated 100 underclassmen under the supervision of about 10 coaches spent three nights there, including Aug. 23, when the alleged incident occurred, according to police and the owner of the camp, Nat Greenfield.

Greenfield said his summer camp for girls was closed at the time. He said Chelmsford has leased his property for the past 13 years. He said his staff provides meals and has no role in supervising the Chelmsford students.

“We are a girl’s camp, and this happened with boys,’’ Greenfield said in a telephone interview. “They have nothing to do with us at all, other than the fact that they pay us for using the property.’’

Greenfield said campers arrived by noon Aug. 21 and left by noon Aug. 24.

Moultonborough police said they were investigating an alleged hazing incident involving members of the team.

Spinney said his department is serving as the liaison between Chelmsford schools and Moultonborough police, but he stressed that the inquiry is being conducted and directed by New Hampshire police.

He said only one person has been identified as a possible victim, and that individual did not need medical attention after the alleged incident. He said as many as six teammates are currently under investigation, allegedly for having physical contact with the person.

The investigation comes after three Somerville High School soccer players were accused of raping a teammate with a broomstick at a preseason sports camp in Western Massachusetts, charges that have been denied by the attorney for one of the defendants, 17-year-old Galileo Mondol.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@
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