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Former Hamilton High School football player pleads guilty in hazing assault

Nathaniel Thomas pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Editor's Note: The above video is from previous coverage of the assault case involving Hamilton High School football players. 

A student charged in connection to a hazing case at Hamilton High School in Chandler pled guilty Friday morning. 

Nathaniel Thomas pled guilty to three counts of aggravated assault and was sentenced to six months of probation. 

He may also have to pay up to $5,000 in restitution. 

Thomas was charged with nine counts, including aggravated assault, sexual assault, kidnapping and child molestation in connection to a hazing incident involving high school football players, court documents say. 

Thomas was the only teenager to be charged as an adult. Five other players were charged as juveniles.

Thomas was accused of participating in the sexual assault and extreme hazing among football players that took place on campus between September 2015 to January 2017. 

Chandler Police recommended the former football coach, former athletic director and former principal be charged with child abuse for failing to report the assaults. All three are mandatory reporters under state law. 

But former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery declined to file charges, saying not enough victims had come forward.

The victims filed a lawsuit against the school, the administrators and the district. That lawsuit was settled, but the terms were not disclosed. 

- School district, staff reach settlement with Hamilton sexual assault victims in civil lawsuit
- Lawyers say video shows sexual abuse victims contradicting their own claims in Hamilton hazing case
- Nathaniel Thomas appointed lawyer to present juvenile mental health issues in court




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