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Bronx Science Hazing: Email Suggests Sex Abuse At School Has Existed For Years, Report Says

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The alleged hazing scandal at the Bronx High School of Science took another turn Wednesday, with the New York Daily News writing that "a sick culture of hazing and sexual abuse has existed on the track team for years."

The Daily News obtained a March 2012 email allegedly from athletic director Marion Dietrich. In the message, she warned coaches about a two-year-old locker-room incident, in which a boy's genitals were touched by a member of the track team.

She wrote that the student had been in therapy and reminded coaches to be mindful of the school's diversity. "What is ok for some students is not neccessarily ok for others,” she said, according to the outlet.

Visit the New York Daily News for more details on the email.

Dietrich and track coaches Aisha Bruce and Cesar Gracia were suspended on Tuesday after it was revealed that three track athletes were arrested for sexually assaulting a freshman teammate, according to the New York Times.

The New York City Department of Education didn't specify the reason for the officials' suspension, the Times notes.

According to reports, athletes Thomas Brady, 16, Boubacar Diallo, 16, and Pier Berkmans, 17, have been charged as adults with a variety of hazing crimes against an "incompetent person."

The accusations include digitally penetrating the alleged victim through his shorts against his will and threatening to rape him. All three suspects have pleaded not guilty.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the the allegations, if true, were "despicable," CBS New York reports.

Watch the CBS New York report below for more details on the alleged hazing.

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