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Player accused in Carmel bus assault declined by DePauw

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Hamilton County - One of the students accused in the Carmel High School basketball assault case will not be admitted to DePauw University.

Depauw will not admit former Carmel basketball player Robert Kitzinger next fall.

DePauw University tells 13 Investigates that the decision is in the best interest of Robert Kitzinger and the entire incoming freshman class. It comes less than three weeks before he was to report to campus.

Kitzinger was one of four seniors charged with Misdemeanor Battery and Criminal Recklessness charges in May after a freshman revealed he had been penetrated through his clothes on both a team bus on the way home from a game January 22nd, and in a school locker room.

A grand jury later indicted Kitzinger on those allegations and for two other locker room assaults on two other students.

Late Monday afternoon, DePauw University released this statement to 13 Investigates:

"After careful consideration, DePauw University has decided to indefinitely defer the enrollment of Robert Kitzinger, who was admitted as a member of the Class of 2014.

This decision in no way reflects any determination on the University's part as to Mr. Kitzinger's innocence or guilt. The allegations he has been facing since spring remain unresolved. With incoming students due to report on August 21, the University has determined that it is in the best interests of all admitted students, including Mr. Kitzinger, that his enrollment be deferred.

If, when the criminal and civil cases have been fully resolved, Mr. Kitzinger and his family wish for us to reconsider his enrollment at DePauw, the University will consider that request."

The four basketball players, including Kitzinger, were charged with misdemeanors, but a Child Protective Services report substantiated abuse involving more serious violations.

Kitzinger's trial is scheduled for September 16th. A judge granted a gag order requested by Kitzinger's lawyer.

The other three former basketball players will have bench trials, meaning that a judge will determine their fates. Their trial dates have not been set.

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