Two Arkansas 18-year-olds accused of assaulting and hazing younger students on a school bus earlier this year during a trip with their high school baseball team were arrested Thursday, authorities say.
Greg Lester and Lorenz A. Fehrenbacher face third-degree assault and hazing charges, according to documents from the Polk County prosecutor’s office. Fehrenbacher faces an additional third-degree battery charge, documents show. The two were released on their own recognizance after surrendering at the Polk County sheriff's office, authorities said.
According to an arrest warrant, the pair were sitting in the back of a school bus during a Bauxite High School baseball team trip March 2 when they called four freshmen to the back of the bus. They told the younger students they would beat them up if they didn’t do as they were told, the document states. One of the freshmen told authorities he was afraid because the older teens had “beaten him up in the past.”
When one of the younger students went to the back of the bus, Fehrenbacher and Lester “stuck their fingers in there [sic] buttocks and grabbed their testicles” over the boy’s clothing, according to the warrant. The freshman said the older boys held him down “while someone counted.”
While one of the freshmen was walking to the back of the bus, Fehrenbacher hit him in the chest, which made him fall back and lose his breath, the warrant states.
Lester and Fehrenbacher are no longer students at Bauxite School District, according to Leann Pinkerton, a spokeswoman for the district.
Three high school students were expelled earlier this year during an investigation into the hazing allegations, the Democrat-Gazette previously reported. Pinkerton declined to say whether Lester and Fehrenbacher had been expelled, saying that student disciplinary records are protected by privacy law.
The pair’s arraignment is set for Nov. 9.