At a recent press conference Nassau County Police released details of an alleged incident that occurred in the locker room at Farmingdale High School on Thursday, Oct. 2.
Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone of the Nassau County Police Public Information Office and 8th Precinct Det. Lt. Louis Monteleone.
According to Det. Sgt. Anthony Repalone of the Nassau County Police Public Information Office, approximately 60 varsity football players were changing in the boys' locker room after practice to watch game footage.
"At that point, one of the football players had a broom," Repalone said. "With that broom he was going around poking some of the other football players in the buttocks. The handle was being poked at several football players in that locker room."
Repalone continued that this player then poked the complainant in the left buttock with the broom.
"The complainant took the broom from the football player and broke it in half," he explained. "They all then went in to watch films with the team."
A statement on the Farmingdale School District website on Oct. 7 acknowledged "there was an interaction between an 11th and 12th grade student in the locker room last Thursday after a sports practice. Fortunately, no one was injured."
Police said they have no indication that coaches were aware of this alleged incident in the locker room on Thursday afternoon. In the evening, the player went home and told his parents what happened.
"As a result of that, the complainant went to the 8th Precinct and was interviewed," Repalone said. "Based on that interview - and it was a thorough interview with the parents there - there was no indication of anything sexual in nature."
Police stated that based on the information they received from the victim and witness information, this wasn't considered a crime. They said it would be harassment, which is a violation.
"They [officers] further suggested that the parents take the boy to an area hospital to be examined, which they did," Repalone said. "The exam indicated no injuries, justifying that this is not a crime."
Repalone said they received "very consistent" reports when interviewing other players.
That night, Repalone said the interviewing officers asked the boy's parents if they wanted to follow up with any police action and the parents declined. On Monday the boy's father again visited the 8th Precinct asking to speak with the Special Victims Unit. The interviewing SVU officer concurred with previous officers, Repalone said.
The alleged victim is being represented by Kelly & Rubin, LLP in Manhattan. Michael F. Rubin said his client's family is looking for a full investigation to be completed by the SVU.
"All we want is for the case to be moved from the 8th Precinct to the Special Victims Unit in the 5th Precinct," Rubin stated. "We want a full, fair investigation. Not an abbreviated investigation."
The Farmingdale School District stated "the incident was thoroughly investigated and immediate and appropriate disciplinary measures were taken by the district."
"The district does not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind and expects all students to adhere to our strict code of conduct," the statement continued. "As always the district will cooperate fully with any future investigations of this incident by local authorities."