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Lisbon wrestler found guilty of harassment in bullying incident

Edwards acquitted of assault in same incident

Students and parents come and go from Lisbon Community School, at 235 W School St., Lisbon, after school today, October 12, 2011. (Gazette file photo)
Students and parents come and go from Lisbon Community School, at 235 W School St., Lisbon, after school today, October 12, 2011. (Gazette file photo)

A Lisbon High School wrestler was found guilty of  harassment last week for his involvement in a bullying incident against a 15-year-old wrestler.

Austin Edwards, 17, was found guilty of third-degree harassment and acquitted of assault in a non-jury trial last Thursday in Linn County District Court. He held down the 15-year-old and placed his exposed genitalia on the boy's face in the wrestling room, according to the criminal complaint.

Dakota VanDyke, 18, entered an Alford plea in April to simple assault and received a deferred judgment for urinating on the 15-year-old teammate in the locker room shower, according to court records.

Charges were dismissed in April against another Lisbon wrestler, Nathan Jubeck, 18, in the same incident.  The 15-year-old and his family requested the charges be dropped, indicating that Jubeck wasn't involved in the incident, according to court records.

The other 17-year-old involved in one of the bulling incidents was charged in juvenile court.

The allegations came to light in December when the 15-year-old team member reported the incidents to school officials and the Lisbon Police Department. The incidents took place before coaches arrived to begin practice for the day.

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