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January 15, 2013

Former AHS hoops player gets probation in hazing case

ANDOVER - A former Andover High School basketball player has been sentenced to two years probation and mandatory counseling in connection with a hazing incident during a summer basketball camp at Stonehill College in 2011.

Craig Luschenat, 19, waived a clerk magistrate hearing and was charged with two counts of hazing, according to a statement released by Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter's office.

Luschenat, took part in an incident in July of 2011 at a summer camp at hosted by the Hoop Mountain Basketball Camp at Stonehill College. He was charged with another player who was a minor.

The juvenile’s case is still pending.

"Mr. Luschenat admitted to sufficient facts of the case after his arraignment in Taunton District Court. Judge Kevin Cunningham then sentenced Mr. Luschenat to a continuation without a finding for the term of two years, which included supervised probation, mandatory counseling for a minimum of three months, continue counseling for as long is as deemed necessary by his therapist, stay away from both victims, and stay away from all Andover High School basketball games (both home and away)," the statement said.

"If the defendant is charged with any new crimes during the next two years or if he violates the conditions set by the judge, a guilty finding will be entered, he would be re-sentenced and could face potential jail time.

“There were three distinct concerns that we set out to address in this prosecution," Sutter's said in a statement. "First, was accountability and consequences for the defendant. With his admission and two years of supervised probation, and mandatory counseling, and the other conditions of probation, that concern was addressed. Second, was attaining an outcome which met with the approval of the victims and their parents. That was also done. And finally, obtaining a sentence which made it clear that any incident like this in Bristol County, will be diligently investigated and firmly prosecuted. We believe that too was accomplished.”

Stonehill has cut ties with Hoop Mountain.

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