DA's office says victims don't want issue to go to court

Portland police detectives have wrapped up their investigation into a mid-January hazing/assault at Grant High School without filing charges.

A statement by the Multnomah County district attorney's office Thursday afternoon said three families of victims in the case have worked with school officials on the issue and would like to put the incident behind them. The families and the three students involved did not want the district attorney to file charges.

'Family members we spoke with felt confident that they have reached resolution regarding this issue and now desperately need the opportunity to move on,' according to the district attorney's office statement.

The Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crimes Division investigated the Jan. 17 incident at Grant High School that involved three student athletes on the junior varsity basketball team. Detectives said the incident in a darkened locker room went 'beyond simple hazing.'

Rumors about the incident abound, but no details have been released because the students are minors.

The 'assault,' as Grant Principal Vivien Orlen has described it, happened in the boys' locker room after a junior varsity basketball game, among male athletes. Four students associated with the hazing have been suspended; all but one has returned to school.

The district attorney's office reported that it would have been difficult to prosecute the case in juvenile court because the three victims did not want to go through the formal process.

'Each family clearly reiterated their strong desire that none of these matters be handled by a formal adjudication process,' according to district attorney's office statement. 'On the facts presented relative to each case, a successful adjudication will require the participation of the three juveniles as there is insufficient collateral evidence to proceed with formal adjudication without their involvement.'

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