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Charges filed in connection with alleged bullying in Lisbon wrestling program

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The Linn County Attorney's Office filed charges Thursday in connection with alleged bullying that happened inside the Lisbon wrestling program.

An investigation was started on December 19 after a 15-year old wrestler reported to the school and police that upperclassmen wrestlers had bullied him.  According to the wrestler, some members of the team held him down while others placed their genitals in his face in the wrestling room.  He also says that on another occasion, wrestlers urinated on him in the shower after practice.  The student says he only reported the incidents after some threatened to continue doing these things to him.

During the course of the investigation, the Lisbon Police Department identified at least three other victims who reported the same types of incidents when questioned.  Their families requested that criminal charges not be filed in those incidents.  All who were questioned say the coaching staff had no idea that this was going on.

On January 4, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was brought in to assist the Lisbon Police Department by the Linn County Attorney.  The DCI found no evidence that the coaching staff had any idea this behavior was going on.

Assault charges have been filed against Nathan Taylor Jubeck and Dakota Christian VanDyke, both 18, stemming from the alleged incident in the shower of the locker room. In addition, assault and third degree harassment charges were filed in juvenile court against Hunter Hutchison and Austin Edwards, both 17, for the alleged incidents in the wrestling room.

No court dates have been set.

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