Clovis News

Theft hits home of alleged wrestling victim

The home of a former Buchanan High School wrestler who is the alleged victim of sexual battery because of a wrestling hold was the target of a petty theft Tuesday night, but the boy's parents say the crime was not related to the case.

"We feel it had nothing to do with the wrestling incident," said Lyndy Rice, the boy's stepmother. "We're dropping all charges. It was kids being kids. We're not going to ruin their lives over this."

Clovis police say three 17-year-old boys were arrested after the theft. Spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said she did not have any additional information about the case.

The wrestling case stems from a July 15 practice at Buchanan High that led to sexual-battery charges against student Preston Hill after a Clovis police investigation. Hill told police he was using a standard wrestling move called the "butt drag." The father of the alleged victim, Ross Rice, told The Bee that Preston is a bully who targeted his son because he stood up to Preston in an earlier encounter.

A juvenile-court trial in the case is scheduled Jan. 13.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this brief incorrectly reported that Preston Hill was arrested.