Two Molalla High School basketball players charged in the alleged sexual assault of a teammate were arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court Thursday.

John William Berokoff, 18, of Beavercreek and Joshua Paul Haqq, 16, are both charged with first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and first-degree sexual abuse.

Berokoff, Haqq and another teammate, aged 17, are charged with sexual misconduct against a freshman member of the team when the squad was visiting Seaside during a road trip last December. Berokoff and Haqq both entered not-guilty pleas.

The three also face the same charges in connection with another incident alleged to have occured in Sisters during the same road trip.

Berokoff was arrested at Molalla High School Wednesday and lodged at Clatsop County Jail. Haqq was also taken into custody and transported to the county juvenile detention facility in Warrenton - the third suspect is in custody at a juvenile facility in Portland after being arrested for parole violation in connection with an earlier sexual offense.

Authorities in Deschutes County first launched an investigation last December, then turned the case over to Oregon State Police when it appeared that alleged incidents had occured in more than one location.

Judge Cindee Matyas maintained bail for Berokoff at $250,000 despite a request for a lower amount from his attorney, Therese Lavallee. Lavallee noted that Berokoff and his family have cooperated with the investigation since it was first launched, and that the suspect, a senior, had no prior criminal record and carried a 3.5 grade-point average at Molalla High.

District Attorney Josh Marquis responded that Berokoff is alleged to be the "primary actor" in the incidents.

Berokoff was released Thursday after his family posted bail.

Marquis told Matyas that the mother of the victim, who attended Thursday's hearing, had received phone calls from the family of one of the suspects, although not Berokoff's family. He asked the judge to order that no contact be made with the victim or his family.

Berokoff's next court appearance is set for May 11. Haqq is due to be arraigned May 10.


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