Former Wheaton College Football Player Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor, dismissed felony counts

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A former Wheaton College football player charged in the team’s hazing scandal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in court on Thursday.

Noah Spielman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery, his attorney said. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss all felony counts against the former football player in exchange for his plea.

“What started out as a harmless prank evolved into a two-year ordeal that taught my client a lot of valuable lessons,” said Mark Sutter, Spielman’s defense attorney.

Spielman, the son of former Ohio State and all-pro linebacker Chris Spielman, appeared in front of a DuPage County judge again Thursday morning. He was sentenced to one year conditional discharge, which is basically probation along with paying a $250 anti-crime fee. He must also complete 100 hours of community service, including 25 hours of talking to youth about the dangers of hazing.

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