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'John Doe' takes hazing case to federal court

December 5, 2012

A Blackfoot man who was charged as a juvenile in the Blackfoot hazing cases in 2010 has filed a complaint and demand for a jury trial in federal court.
The lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon by "John Doe" in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho against officials of the Blackfoot School District and Bingham County.
As stated in the lawsuit, "Plaintiff John Doe is an adult male individual, … presently a citizen and resident of a state other than Idaho.
"The Plaintiff's identity is not pleaded in order to protect the identity of the Plaintiff because the Plaintiff was a minor when the events giving rise to this Complaint occurred. … The identity of the Plaintiff will be made known to the Defendants by separate communication."
The defendants are Blackfoot School District No. 55, Blackfoot High School (BHS), John Does 2-XX, former superintendent Scott Crane, former BHS principal Blaine McInelly, the County of Bingham, Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney J. Scott Andrew, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Randy W. Smith, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jared Ricks, the City of Blackfoot, Blackfoot Police Chief R. David Moore, Blackfoot Police Captain Kurt Asmus, and Blackfoot Police detectives Paul Newbold and Justin Dance.
The facts presented in this lawsuit include:
° Sometime around June 2010, BHS Principal McInelly was informed about an "incident" during the previous boys' basketball season, but declined to take any specific course of action in response.
° In June 2010, Blackfoot Police / Bingham County Detectives received a report of bullying by a BHS student athlete that referred to "a game called shhh."
° In September, the detectives began interviewing additional students.
° The complaint states that John Doe never was interviewed by detectives about his alleged involvement in hazing or other bullying at BHS. Similarly, none of the other eventual "hazing" defendants were ever personally interviewed prior to charges being filed.
° On or about Dec. 20, 2010, Superintendent Crane appeared by telephone on national cable news network CNN.
"The mass dissemination of false information on national television was a direct catalyst to further mischaracterization and mass hype within the local and regional community about the kind of offenses that John Doe was alleged to have committed," the complaint states.
° "All of the charges against John Doe were either voluntarily dismissed by the State or were found not true at evidentiary hearing. Thus, all of the charges were terminated in favor of the Plaintiff."
Two of the nine counts filed in this complaint are intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious prosecution in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
John Doe requested damages, to be established at trial, as compensation for personal injuries to his reputation and loss of future career prospects and damages "to punish defendants for willful and wanton, and malicious conduct … "
John Doe has also asked for an award of attorney's fees and costs.



December 5, 2012 by speakthetruth, 2 years 24 weeks ago
Comment: 2897

I'm sorry Mr. Katseanes but your son pleaded guilty. For pleading guilty by his own choice, he admitted he was a criminal. He must now continue to pay his debt to society by being recognized as a convicted criminal. He now has the choice to change the public perspective of who he is as a person by YEARS of giving to the community in a way that demonstrates he is rehabilitated. By whining that it has effected the "family" and furthering the proof that he nor you have any remorse is despictable. By the comments you made in this article it is obvious you just dont get life and that there is consequences to bad actions...even yours you are displaying now. A civil lawsuit? That is ridculous and you are despicable to say the least in my opinion.


December 11, 2012 by Opinion4news, 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 2913

I'm sorry but I have to agree!! These kids did wrong! It's obvious and the lack of accountably and the absurdity of " clearing their names" is absolutely disgusting. How dare these people come back and basically demean the VICTIMS!!! They should have gotten harsher punishments from the beginning!!! Seriously does anyone actually believe they did nothing wrong??? Who cares if they can't get a good job! The whining is getting old !!.


December 12, 2012 by GMONEY, 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 2918

I know everyone in the community has an opinion one way or another about the supposed "HAZING". I would venture to say very few know the facts. I am not talking about your brothers sisters best friend who is cousins with someone involved. I am talking about the hard and true facts. Facts are based on the depositions taken from all involved. So here are the facts.
1 False charges were pressed against former Basketball players.
2 The kids and families have paid a price for the alleged violations far more than anyone of us can truly appreciate or understand.
3 False Charges proved to be false because not one of the kids charged were found guilty of felony charges. Prosecution did not have enough evidence or information to charge the kids with a felony. This is the reason none of the charges stuck.
4 3 of the kids lost scholarships and chance to further education being paid by a school because they were charged and had to defend the charges. In America you are innocent until proven guilty. Not guilty til proven innocent.
5 TK did not plead guilty to hazing or anything like that at all. Disturbing the peace is a long way apart from the original charges. For another 10 -15 thousand dollars in fees he could have gotten off all charges. I am sure this was a tough decision for the family. The fact of the matter is attorneys are very expensive to retain and go to court with. Simply retaining one to defend yourself in this country has gotten very expensive.
6 I hope that nobody out there with strong opinions find yourself in a position that you have to defend false charges from overzealous prosecutor. If you do I hope you have a lot of money in coffee cans buried somewhere so you can defend yourelf.
7 The publicity and accusations changed these kids lives forever. Their families have been through a lot. People have pointed fingers and made accusations they really know nothing about. Remember when you point fingers at someone 3 point back at you. Blackfoot got National publicity and those making charges got their minute of fame. In the end it came at the cost of 4 kids starting out lifetime journey. In the end they were the victims in this case. In the future I sincerely hope that facts and evidence support anyone charged with a felony. In this case they didnt add up.


December 9, 2012 by Seer-of-profoun..., 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 2903

You are so right speakthetruth! The idea that Mr. Katseanes would believe in his son, and defend him? What a pig! This notion of exercising his constitutional rights while simultaneously declaring his son absolutely innocent of SEXUAL PENETRATION WITH A FOREIGN OBJECT? How self-serving and inconsiderate of him.

A father would defend his son on all circumstances

March 9, 2013 by BenniWagner, 2 years 10 weeks ago
Comment: 4178

A father would defend his son on all circumstances, its a known fact.
But Speakethetruth is right - his son pleaded guilty and has to pay his debt to society like any other criminal. Everyone that is currently in jail has a family outside, so what? Release them all?
In someway Mr. Katseanes has failed educating his son.

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