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Football: Police investigating 3 Westlake players in Hawaii

August 24, 2013|By Eric Sondheimer

Three football players from Westlake Village Westlake were taken into police custody before the team's game on Friday night in Hawaii after an alleged assault, according to a report by Honolulu TV station KITV.

The station says parents told them a group of seniors broke into a hotel room where five freshmen were staying and assaulted them. The alleged incident occurred Wednesday night.

Westlake took more than 150 players to Hawaii for varsity, junior varsity and freshman games. The team is scheduled to return home on Saturday.

One of the three players has been released, according to a Westlake official.

Jeff Davis, the director of secondary education for the Conejo Valley Unified School District, said he was informed about the incident on Saturday morning.

"We're disappointed to hear about this matter," he said. "We'll be working with Westlake coaches and staff to find out what occurred and develop action in response."

Messages left for Coach Jim Benkert were not returned.

Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

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