Knox County football players charged with Harassment get probation, community service


    The three underage suspects appeared in juvenile court in Edina on Friday for their sentencing. (John Garlock/KTVO)<p>{/p}

    The junior high football players from Edina, Missouri, accused of inappropriately touching younger football players prior to practice learned their punishment on Friday.

    The three Knox County R-1 students, whose names aren't being released because they are underage, faced a charge of Harassment stemming from incidents that happened on school grounds in September.

    The suspects were in juvenile court in Edina Friday to find out their sentence.

    April Wilson, an attorney representing one of the young male victims, told KTVO Judge Russell Steele put the three suspects on probation for one year and gave each of them 50 hours of community service.

    They must also write apology letters to their victims and consult with a psychiatrist.

    September's incidents reportedly happened in the school district's field house on more than one occasion after school while the boys waited for their coach to arrive for practice.

    Their coach resigned soon after the allegations came to light.

    Wilson told KTVO the victim and his family she represents are "extremely disappointed" with the sentence, and they are fearful the victims will have no protection from the three boys who violated them.

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