Students accused of hazing at baseball tournament in Altamonte Springs

Cooper City High School players could face charges

By Michael Seiden - Reporter

COOPER CITY, Fla. - Detectives are recommending charges against members of the Cooper City High School baseball team for an alleged hazing incident during a road trip earlier this year.

A parent first drew attention to the incident involving her son, a member of the team, which she said occurred during a tournament in Altamonte Springs in March.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office report, the student told his mother that five teammates came into his room and pulled his underwear down before he was able to fight them off.

The student said he witnessed the same group of boys hold down another teammate on a later night and "put their fingers up his butt."

The same student claims he heard, but did not see, another incident where the boys took another student and "put a Gatorade bottle up his butt."

When another player complained to the coach, the coach allegedly replied "it's just baseball, keep it to yourself."

After their investigation, Altamonte Springs police are now calling for charges against eight of the teens who could face charges of simple battery, false imprisonment and sexual battery.

The coach of the team at the time, Chris Delgado, was never publicly identified as being involved, but has since left the school.

The victims say they were threatened by other members of the team for talking about the incident.

Detectives conducted interviews with three of the alleged victims.

The investigation has now been turned over to the State Attorney's Office in Seminole County.

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