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Investigation into Team Sex Scandal Complete

Investigation into Team Sex Scandal Complete

Posted - Jun. 16, 2004 at 2:18 p.m.



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TOOELE, Utah (AP) -- Police have completed their investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by members of the Tooele High School baseball team, leaving officials to now decide which county should have jurisdiction.

Six students were suspended for the last two weeks of school pending the investigation of videotaped sexual misconduct with girl, allegedly involving members of the school's baseball team.

The sexual activity allegedly occurred while 16 Tooele High players, three coaches and an unspecified number of parents were staying at a hotel in Washington, outside of St. George, during a March 11-13 tournament in southern Utah.

Results from the Tooele County Sheriff's Office investigation were forwarded to the Washington County Attorney's Office over the weekend, said deputy Tooele County Attorney Gary Searle.

After the report has been reviewed, the two offices will determine which county should handle the case. Until then, results from the investigation are confidential.

The incident sparked strong reactions from Tooele residents and led to the resignation of coach Shanz Leonelli on June 4. He will continue to teach journalism and English at the high school.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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