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GREENFIELD, Iowa - KCCI is learning more information about a story of an alleged hazing and sexual assault in Greenfield.
The incident is said to involve several members of the Nodaway Valley High School wrestling team.
KCCI News talked exclusively with a former member of that team who says he quit out of fear he too would be sexually assaulted.
The Nodaway Valley High School student, who didn't want us to show his face, says he recently quit the wrestling team out of fear that he would be sexually assaulted by other members, something he saw happen to other teammates.
"They threatened to do it to me if I missed another practice, so I didn't go back to practice, and I kind of quit," said the student.
Greenfield police say an incident happened in late December at Nodaway Valley High School. Besides the fact that they are investigating, and that it involves several students, police won't reveal much more.
Greenfield residents told KCCI the attack happened in the locker room. They said several members of the school's wrestling team allegedly held down a 16-year-old teammate and sexually assaulted him as a punishment for missing practice.
"I was kind of scared because I was thinking if I did quit they could catch me after school or something and do it," said the student.
He says it became common for senior members of the team to punish a younger wrestler if he didn't make weight or missed practice by holding him down and shoving a jump rope up his rear end.
"There were some people who were kind of for it, so they would hold you down, and someone else would stick it up your butt as they pulled your shorts down," said the student.
While officials are remaining tight-lipped, there is mixed reaction around town. Some people told KCCI they are glad the story is out there because they are upset about what happened. While others said they'd rather it remained quiet.
"You don't hear about it much just because you don't want to talk about it," said the student.
There was no one at the police station when KCCI sought comment. KCCI News also knocked on the Police Chief's front door hoping to get a police report or any more information. He refused to give us any information and kicked us off his property.
KCCI News also talked with the school's superintendent, Casy Berlau, who says the school is conducting its own investigation but would not reveal if anyone has been suspended or expelled.