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Ohio wrestling coach charged in hazing incident turned himself in

Posted at 6:32 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 19:04:28-04

FRANKLIN, Oh. — Bart Freidenberg, an Ohio wrestling coach whom police said failed to stop a 2018 hazing incident that left a 14-year-old wrestler injured, has turned himself in, according to authorities.

Friday evening, Franklin chief of police Russell Whitman said Freidenburg turned himself in, "was fingerprinted and photographed and was taken to the Franklin Municipal Court for his initial appearance," in a press release.

Freidenberg was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing in May.

The 58-year-old wrestling coach has been charged with child endangerment and hazing.

Neither the victim nor Freidenberg are Franklin natives. The Columbus-based Ohio All-Stars Wrestling Team had rented district facilities, including Franklin High School and the pool at Franklin Community Park, to practice ahead of a wrestling tour on the west coast.

No Franklin students or staff members were involved, according to Whitman. Because the team had members from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, his department plans to cooperate with others to search for evidence of any other hazing incidents.