A fifth Wheaton College football player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty

This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Noah Spielman. Spielman is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

- Associated Press
Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 21:30 pm EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — A fifth Wheaton College football player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old James Cooksey of Jacksonville, Florida, appeared at a Monday arraignment in DuPage County. He's due back in court Jan. 11 along with the other four who earlier appeared in court in the case. They've also pleaded not guilty.

All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. Each was charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. The most serious charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.

Their victim also told police his attackers attempted to sodomize him with an object. He has since left the school.

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