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Ohio football player pleads guilty in postgame tack attack

The 16-year-old student admitted to 28 counts of assault and was sentenced by Highland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer to 90 days, 62 of which will be suspended on the condition he obeys the judge’s orders, said Molly Bolek, Highland County assistant prosecutor.

Greer ordered the student be placed under house arrest for about a month following his Jan. 4 release, complete 280 hours of community service and pay $752 in restitution to McClain High School, Bolek said.

The school covered the costs of tetanus shots and blood tests to ensure no diseases were transmitted during the incident. The student also is ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families without their consent, Bolek said.

Aside from the thumbtack incident, the game between the two South Central Ohio League opponents — a 26-0 win for Washington Court House — proved uneventful, McClain Principal Dan Strain told the Gazette in October.

“Washington won handily. It was a good game with no incidents,” Strain said. “There was no grudge we’re aware of.”

Strain said the accused teen did not dress for the game. He reportedly was dismissed from the Washington Court House football team, but further information on the discipline meted out by the school was not released.

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