Report about assault seems to differ

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Information given to Blue Earth Area School District officials regarding the assault of a former football player seems to contradict that given to Winnebago police.

Dale Hurley says when his wife found out during their son’s visit to a doctor on Nov. 6 that he been allegedly assaulted by four teammates, she immediately went and told an assistant coach.

“She told them everything that happened,” says Hurley. “She gave the coach all of their names.”

On Nov. 9 School District resource officer DJ Bullerman contacted Winnebago police about a possible assault that occurred during a house party at the home of a football player in Winnebago.

“We were told a few names that may have been involved,” says Police Chief Eric Olson. “Some of them were mentioned and others we found out. We had to put the case together.”

Hurley says the day after his wife reported the assault to school officials, he received two text messages from the owner of the house where the assault took place.

The texts read, “John just called Mr. Norman and there is no proof anyone (sic) of it … so we will see.

“Can you call me.”

It’s unclear if authorities have questioned School District administrators about the assault.

In a hearing held last July for one of the defendants charged in the case, Winnebago police officer Jacob Petitt testified that the superintendent, activities director and high school principal might be interviewed.

“I don’t have any comment on that,” says assistant Faribault County Attorney LaMar Piper.

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