Indictment: Huntington ISD student grabbed victim by throat, threw him on floor

Indictment: Huntington ISD student grabbed victim by throat, threw him on floor
George Wagner (Source: Angelia County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington ISD student is accused of shoving a boy 14 or younger, grabbing him by the throat, and throwing him to the ground in connection to an ongoing investigation into allegations of hazing and sexual assault that occurred within the school district’s baseball program.

The grand jury indicted George William Wagner V on a felony injury to a child charge when it met earlier this month. The grand jury also set Wagner’s bond amount at $5,000. And arrest warrant was issued for Wagner, and Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches confirmed that the 17-year-old turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday morning.

According to the text of the indictment, Wagner is accused of grabbing a boy 14 or younger, shoving him up against a wall, grabbing him by the throat, and throwing him to the floor on Nov. 7, 2018. The indictment says Wagner “intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly caused bodily injury” to the boy.

Mario Martinez, the first suspect in the case, turned himself in at the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office on March 29 after a grand jury handed down three indictments against him, and arrest warrants were issued for him.

In a previous story, Martin said that the three indictments include four charges. The first indictment was for second-degree felony attempted sexual assault against one alleged victim. The second one was for the same charge, but it was regarding a second alleged victim.

The third indictment is for one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree attempted sexual assault.

According to the text of the indictments, Martinez’ collective bond amount was set at $40,000, and he was released from the jail on March 29 after he posted bail on that bond amount.

Jail records show that Martinez was booked into the jail on three counts of attempted sexual assault and one count of sexual assault.

Back in January, Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers made the decision to suspend baseball practices and other activities while the district looked into allegations of “locker room hazing, initiation, and bullying.”

“On Thursday, January 24, 2019, the Huntington High School principal was made aware of allegations of inappropriate contact, including hazing and possible assault, among various members of the HISD baseball team,” Flowers said in a statement at the time. “An investigation was immediately commenced and remedial measures put in place to ensure the safety of all HISD students, including removing alleged offenders from campus and suspension of all baseball team activities until the investigation is complete.”

On February 12, the district resumed baseball activities.

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