The local district attorney is sending the high-profile Robertson High School hazing case to his counterpart in Santa Fe.
District Richard Flores said in a statement Wednesday that he had met with state police officials last Thursday after allegations surfaced about hazing at an RHS football camp. He said he immediately recognized names of those involved in the case.
Flores said one of the suspects is a victim in another case that his office is prosecuting and one of his employees’ sons is a victim in the matter. Additionally, he said one of his employees has a brother who is a suspect and another has a cousin allegedly involved.
Flores said Henry Valdez, Santa Fe’s DA, has agreed to take on the case. He said he met with the victims’ parents and outlined the various relationships with his employees.
“Every individual concurred with my decision and had no qualms with District Attorney Valdez taking over,” Flores said in his statement.
Flores said the state police investigation continues and that procedurally, the agency will forward him the results and then he’ll immediately send the report to Valdez. He said the process could take up to two weeks.
The alleged hazing took place last week while the football players were at the Western Life Camp, 15 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Gallinas Canyon.
The school district has confirmed that one player alleged that his attackers used a broomstick to sodomize him. The district’s superintendent, Rick Romero, has referred to that allegation as mostly false, but he won’t divulge his reasoning. He has stressed that he regards the alleged hazing as a serious matter.
The school district is investigating the matter and has hired an outside attorney to help with it.