College football players busted in horrifying hazing ordeal

Five football players at a Christian college in Illinois are accused of hazing a teammate last year — allegedly restraining the teen with duct tape before trying to sodomize him with an unidentified object.

A judge in DuPage County signed arrest warrants late Monday for the players at Wheaton College — James Cooksey, Samuel TeBos, Kyler Kregel, Noah Spielman and Benjamin Pettway — on felony charges of aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. The players, all of whom were listed on the team’s online roster as of early Tuesday, are expected to surrender to authorities sometime this week, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The 19-year-old victim, who transferred to another college in Indiana after the alleged March 2016 incident, said the hazing had a “devastating” impact on his life.

“What was done to me should never occur in connection with a football program or any other activity,” the teen, who was not identified, said in a statement to the newspaper. “I am confident that the criminal prosecution will provide a fair and just punishment to the men who attacked me.”

The Wheaton Police Department refused to release additional information on the incident, citing an ongoing investigation, but the Tribune obtained records detailing what the victim told investigators. He said he was watching the NCAA basketball tournament in his dorm room at the suburban Chicago college when several teammates stormed into the room and tackled him before he was punched and restrained with duct tape, the newspaper reports.

The players allegedly led the victim out of the residence hall with a pillowcase over his head before throwing him into a teammate’s car. The victim told investigators that the players suggested he had been kidnapped by Muslims who wanted to have sex with goats and that he would be their “goat” for the evening, according to records cited by the newspaper.

The student said his teammates then pulled down his shorts and underwear before repeatedly trying to use an unidentified object to sodomize him. The brutes continued to beat the victim as he begged for them to stop, he told investigators.

The victim was dropped off half-naked and without his cellphone at an off-campus baseball field, but was later driven back to campus by classmates after a second player was dropped off at the field.

The freshman, who tore muscles in both shoulders during the harrowing ordeal, withdrew from the liberal arts college a short time later.

In a statement obtained by The Post, the college said it was “deeply troubled” by the allegations and took “corrective actions,” but declined to elaborate, citing federal privacy laws. Several players were required to perform 50 hours of community service and draft an eight-page essay on their behavior, sources told the Chicago Tribune.

The charges are the latest off-field issue for the college’s football team, which is a perennial Division III powerhouse. The team made headlines in 2015 when a group of 20 players donned Ku Klux Klan robes in what they called a parody of several Hollywood hits. Players said the skit was meant to be satirical, the Tribune reported.

Du Page County State’s Attorney Paul Darrah said the players could surrender to authorities as early as Tuesday, WLS-TV reports.

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