Preliminary hearing conference for Putnam City West student accused in locker room assault continued

OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the Putnam City West High School students accused of assaulting a fellow student with a broom in the football locker room was in court for a scheduled preliminary conference Thursday.

Three juvenile PC West students, along with one adult, 19-year-old Dawson McLain, are now facing rape by instrumentation and hazing charges after the alleged incident in the football locker room.

“Our intention is to file criminal charges on all four suspects of rape by instrumentation and also hazing,” Chief Mark Stout with the Putnam City Schools police department told News 4 last month.

According to a police report, the group carried a fellow student across the football locker room and McLain allegedly held the young boy down, along with two others, as a fourth suspect inserted a wooden broom handle into the victim’s anus through his clothing.

When News 4 asked McLain for comment Thursday at the Oklahoma County Courthouse, a family member stepped in and said, “Please, leave him alone.” Shortly after that, the Preliminary Hearing Conference was continued for 9 a.m December 19.

According to the police report, the suspects told officers “the stick” has been passed down from class to class to haze underclassmen. However, police told News 4 it was the first reported hazing, assault incident within the football program.