Printed on: December 06, 2012

More complaints filed in hazing case

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

A fourth man who was charged in the Blackfoot basketball team's 2010 hazing case filed a complaint and demand for a jury trial Monday with the U.S. District Court of Idaho.

The man, who filed under the name "John Doe," originally was charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery, three misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and one count of felony principal to forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object. All of Doe's charges eventually were dismissed or found not true.

The complaint and demand for a jury trial raises allegations against Blackfoot School District 55, Bingham County and the city of Blackfoot.

Additionally, the complaint also names a number of individuals -- Bingham County Prosecutor Scott Andrew, Bingham County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Randy Smith, Blackfoot police investigator Paul Newbold, Blackfoot Police Chief David Moore and Blackfoot Police Capt. Kurt Asmus.

Other plaintiffs in the complaint include former District 55 Superintendent Scott Crane, former Blackfoot High School Principal Blaine McInelly, Bingham County Civil Deputy Prosecutor Jared Ricks and Justin Dance, a detective for Blackfoot police and the Bingham County Sheriff Joint Detective Unit.

The charges against Doe, who was younger than 18 at the time, were filed after reports of hazing emerged during the 2009-10 basketball season, according to previous reports.

The complaint lists a number of allegations against the agencies and individuals, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution, making false public statements and witness intimidation, according to court documents.

It is the second hazing case complaint filed within a week.

A complaint was filed Friday with the 7th Judicial District Court on behalf of Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes, all former Blackfoot basketball players who were charged with felonies but convicted of misdemeanors in the case.

The Chidester, Walker and Katseanes complaint made similar allegations against several of the same individuals and agencies named in Doe's complaint.

A fifth player, Anthony Clarke, also was charged with a felony but was convicted of a misdemeanor in the hazing case but was not a party to either complaint.

Efforts to contact Andrew and Doe's attorney, Dustin Manwaring, were unsuccessful.