PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A judge has set a bond amount for a 17-year-old who was charged, in connection to the unfolding hazing scandal at Chandler's Hamilton High School.
A $25,000 bond has reportedly been imposed on Nathaniel Thomas. In addition, Thomas is required to be monitored by GPS, and will be subjected to house arrest. In addition, he has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.
State v Nathaniel Thomas: Commissioner Kevin Wein set a secured appearance bond of $25,000 with house arrest. No contact with victims.— MC Superior Court (@courtpio) April 5, 2017
Thomas' family is reportedly planning to post bond Wednesday evening, which means Thomas could be out of jail by Thursday.
Thomas is facing multiple charges, including alleged aggravated assault, alleged kidnapping, and alleged molestation. Thomas is also one of three people charged in connection with the hazing incidents. Two 16-year-olds are being charged as juveniles, but officials with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said they have requested the court to charge the two as adults.
"He did not grab anybody in the genital area," said Thomas' attorney, Ken Countryman. "He did none of these things."
Countryman, however, is not saying that absolutely nothing happened.
"We're not saying there wasn't things going on in that locker room, in terms of horseplay and initiations and things that shouldn't have happened, but for it to go from there to say that things were being placed in -- placed in places they shouldn't be placed -- my client did not do any of those things."
On Wednesday, a crows of nearly 200 supporters applauded the judge's decision to release Thomas on bail. Thomas' mother also hugged the attorney. In addition, the family members of the four alleged victims were in court as well. All four alleged victims were reportedly under the age of 15 at the time of the alleged crimes.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to keep Thomas in jail for 30 more days, as police continue to interview more alleged victims. In addition, prosecutors also claim Thomas issued death threats to the alleged victims, in an effort to get them to keep quiet before he was arrested.
"These were threats that were made before this case was filed," said the prosecutor. "So this is an actual thing."