Thanksgiving is over, but the “power gobbling” continues. You remember this new hazing “technique” don’t you? If not, here’s the earlier story.
So, here’s the latest on this spreading scandal from the Great Falls Tribune:
Alex Mauricio Botina-Roehm, 18, faces a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent as well as two misdemeanor charges of sexual assault after allegedly picking up two underclassmen football players by the crotch while in the shower room and in the case of one of the victims, allegedly sticking his thumb into his rectum.
Roehm was charged with the crime on Nov. 15, but the attorney for the victim, Scott Anderson of Anderson and Bliven in Kalispell, said the family didn’t get adequate assurance from the school district that their client would be protected from Roehm even after he was arrested and suspended from school.
Last week we introduced you to a new hazing fad, “power gobbling” which resulted in Great Falls High School offensive lineman Alex Botina-Roehm, 18, being charged with rape and two counts of sexual assault. The question we had at the time was: If this happened in September, why wasn’t Botina-Roehm charged until November? Turns out, one of the victims DID report it to school officials when it happened, but then nothing happened.
It wasn’t until much later that the mother of one of the victims approached the school to find out where the investigation was. It wasn’t. The most damning evidence against the school may be an email from the school counselor to the associate principal in back September that said the football coach should have a “come-to-Jesus” meeting with the players.
Sure, that beats an actual investigation any time. Then you don’t have to admit that your school has an sports hazing problem. Everyone wins!