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LA VERNIA, Texas (AP) – The case of 10 Texas high school students charged with sexual assault in a hazing scandal involving athletes will now be investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

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Wilson County Attorney Tom Caldwell told the San Antonio Express-News  that local prosecutors made the decision to turn the case over to state authorities in order to ensure completely neutrality.

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Seven juveniles and three adults are charged with allegations dating back as far as 2014. Authorities allege the students – who were athletes at La Vernia High School – took part in assaulting teammates while hazing them.

The allegations have rocked La Vernia, a farming town of about 1,000 residents situated about 20 miles east of San Antonio. Students from surrounding communities attend the high school.

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