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5th Wheaton football player pleads not guilty in hazing case

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  • This undated photos provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., show Wheaton College football players, from left, James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Ben Pettway, Noah Spielman, and Samuel TeBos,  charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photos provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., show Wheaton College football players, from left, James Cooksey, Kyler Kregel, Ben Pettway, Noah Spielman, and Samuel TeBos, charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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  • This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, James Cooksey. Cooksey is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, James Cooksey. Cooksey is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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  • This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Kyler Kregel. Kregel is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Kyler Kregel. Kregel is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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  • This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows Ben Pettway. Pettway, is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows Ben Pettway. Pettway, is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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  • This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Noah Spielman. Spielman is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Noah Spielman. Spielman is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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  • This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Samuel TeBos. TeBos is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Wheaton Police Department in Wheaton, Ill., shows, Samuel TeBos. TeBos is one of five Wheaton College football players charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint, in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school. All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. All five have pleaded not guilty. (Wheaton Police Department via AP)
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WHEATON, Ill. -- A fifth Wheaton College football player charged with battery in the hazing of a teammate at the suburban Chicago school has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old James Cooksey of Jacksonville, Florida, appeared at a Monday arraignment in DuPage County. He's due back in court Jan. 11 along with the other four who earlier appeared in court in the case. They've also pleaded not guilty.

All five are accused of duct-taping their teammate, then dumping him half-naked in a park in March 2016. Each was charged in September with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. The most serious charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.

Their victim also told police his attackers attempted to sodomize him with an object. He has since left the school.

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