Football Player Charged with Hazing

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) One of the three Hutchinson High School students charged with branding younger football players has made his first court appearance.

The Hutchinson News reports that a Reno County judge appointed the public defender’s office to represent 18-year-old Kendric Hudson during Friday’s hearing. He is charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor hazing.

Hudson is accused of using a heated wire hanger to brand two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old in the school locker room last week. Aggravated battery carries a maximum sentence of 34 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Hazing carries a maximum six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Hudson is free on bond and didn’t immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.