Browerville sex hazing scandal: Two 18-year-olds charged with felonies for assaulting teammates

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Kellen (left) and Burns allegedly sexually assaulted at least seven teammates.
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Todd County prosecutor Clark Rasmussen calls it felony sexual assault. A defendant's lawyer calls it hazing and says the stiff charges are "ridiculous."

Seth Kellen and Connor Burns are both 18. They're both recent grads of Browerville High School, where they played football and basketball. And both are now facing prison time after seven boys came forward and accused the two of inappropriate and illegal touching, penetration, and exposure. Similar charges have been filed against a third high schooler, but because he remains a minor, Rasmussen isn't identifying him.

The timeline outlined by authorities is strange: Police say they were first made aware of sex assault allegations last August, when a mother called them to report that her son had been held underwater and sexually assaulted by some team members during a swim outing following a football practice.

Then, in March, Kellen and Burns allegedly went hog-wild during the basketball team's outing to the state tournament in Minneapolis.

From the Star Tribune:
A 17-year-old player alleged that in March at the state tournament, Burns held him down in their downtown Marriott Hotel room while another teammate digitally penetrated him through his athletic shorts.

The next night, the 17-year-old endured the same, this time with one teammate holding him down while Burns and Kellen carried out the assault, the charges said.

Kellen also is accused of pulling down his own pants while in a Minneapolis parking ramp elevator with his teammates and two student managers, ages 11 and 12. Kellen then jumped on teammates' backs and hit them with his penis, according to the charges.
Other assaults took place at Browerville High, investigators say: in the locker room, locker room showers, and even in a shop class, where Kellen allegedly dropped his pants, ran up to a fellow student, and put his balls on his lower back.

In April, authorities held a press conference where they announced that an illegal hazing investigation was underway. Charges were filed this week.

Kellen is charged with 20 separate counts, including multiple felonies; Burns faces six counts himself, including four felonies. Some of their alleged victims were as young as 13. Both remain free at least until their next court appearance, scheduled for August 20.

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bikerbda1
bikerbda1

Young men seldom admit they were molested, especially athletes/teammates,  and especially not when the abuser is a male. The charges are horrendous and are being taken as seriously as they should be. It's not hazing when if viewed by police the result is a tazing. 

Fred
Fred

There are ways of hazing people that don't involve sticking your fingers in their ass or touching them with your dick and balls. If they did these types of things to a female it would be sexual assault, plain and simple. In this case it was fag sexual assault.

jason.carle
jason.carle

These guys sound like a couple of real dumbasses.

Kelley Marks Charbonneau
Kelley Marks Charbonneau

This is what happens when parents make there kids afraid of being gay. They end up going around and finger banging and tea bagging their friends. Homophobia presents itself in many different ways; this is a fairly typical way. Its sad these boys will pay the price for whats been going on in many towns, many states, for many years.

Boxerking
Boxerking

Judging by the picture we have a couple of real winners here. They remind me so much of a couple of guys I grew up with. Bullies, annoying assholes with a very low intelligens, always picking and talking shit, and just a little too fond of full body contact with other guys. They tried to hide their gayness behind a wall of tuff-guy attitude. It didn`t work, at all. Now, 20 years later they are both covering fags and I`m 6 foot 3 inches of fully grown man, I kick could kick both their asses at the same time, no problem. Weird how things turn out.

MarkM15
MarkM15

Oh there will be plenty of "hazing" for these jocks once they're behind bars.

Alycia Woolcock
Alycia Woolcock

Yea, this has a very Deliverance vibe to this story. These guys are sick little fucks!

Paul Rignell
Paul Rignell

Guy in the thumbnail looks straight out of "Deliverance."

Jeff Robertson
Jeff Robertson

From the Star Tribune: A 17-year-old player alleged that in March at the state tournament, Burns held him down in their downtown Marriott Hotel room while another teammate digitally penetrated him through his athletic shorts. How do you "digitally" penetrate someone?

Bill Wyers
Bill Wyers

Well...they'll probably LOVE prison, then.

Elicia Price
Elicia Price

Sickos... They have issues if they think that it's "okay" to digitally penetrate other young males. That's definitely not hazing- it's assault.

Abby Ball
Abby Ball

Anyone who defends a sex offender is ridiculous

erin
erin

 @Fred Great. Bring some homophobia into the mix too. Because the situation isn't horrible enough. 

jaimer42
jaimer42

 @Boxerking You have  no idea who these boys even are - to judge someone based on a picture is ridiculous.  Neither one is gay and the media has blown what really happened out of proportion.  Grow up boxerking sounds like bullying really got to your dum ass

Xenophilius
Xenophilius

@MarkM15 Yup, rape is hilarious. Sounds like you could be friends with these guys.

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @jaimer42 Blowing it out of proportion??? You are kidding me right?  Are you related to these boys are something?  You must be to want to defend this terrorizing behavior towards this young man.  I truly hope you don't have any children because I wouldn't want them to take after your logic and common sense

erin
erin

 @jaimer42 Wait - which parts were blown out of proportion - the anal penetration, the exposure or the jumping on other boys with their penises exposed? If that's all true, then I have to say, doesn't look good for these guys.

Legendss1
Legendss1

 @jaimer42

 Sorry but at age 18 - these are not "boys" anymore.  And yes, of course the media is always blowing things out of proportion.  Apparently you don't have boys of your own or they have never been violated in this manner.  This is NOT a matter of bullying - this is a crime and these idiots need to pay!  It is not anyone else's fault .... whether or not it has been going on for years, step up to the plate and take a stand - STOP the crimes against boys simply wanting to play the sport of their dreams.

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @Legendss1 I so completely agree with you!  They are not boys and they need to face the stiffest (no pun intended) consequences that there are for their behavior in this situation.

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