Oklahoma high school wrestlers released on low bail amounts despite gut-wrenching rape allegations BY Dan Good NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, February 4, 2016, 1:14 PM Court documents released this week reveal gut-wrenching allegations in a horrific rape case involving high school wrestlers in Oklahoma accused of sexually assaulting two underage victims. Despite the severity of the allegations, none of the suspects are currently behind bars, after bond was set at $5,000, meaning the students only needed to post $500 each. Four Norman North High School students were charged following a police investigation into the events of Jan. 9, when the wrestling team was returning from a tournament. OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS CHARGED WITH RAPE FOLLOWING HAZING INCIDENT ON BUS Tanner Shipman, 18, Sage Gandenberger, 17, and Chase Smith, 16, have been charged with three counts of rape by instrumentation. Also charged with one count of rape by instrumentation is 17-year-old Hunter Matthews. The four suspects have pleaded not guilty. Google Four Norman North High School students were charged following a police investigation. The suspects — who were ordered not to contact their alleged victims — were given low bond amounts because they weren’t considered flight risks, criminal defense attorney Jason Lowe told ABC affiliate KOCO-TV. Given the accusations, “I have not seen a bond set this low,” Lowe said. State authorities requested higher bond amounts for the suspects, but were rejected, according to KOCO-TV. BASEBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATED IN FIGHT CLUB, WITH COACHES INSULTING INJURED PLAYERS The alleged victims, ages 16 and 12, are also wrestlers in the school district. KOCO The suspects’ alleged victims are age 16 and 12. During the bus ride, one of the wrestlers — identified as Shipman — helped his teammates restrain a 16-year-old victim while two of his friends "spent several minutes inserting their fingers into Victim A's anus, over the clothing," authorities stated in disturbing court documents. Following the assault, Shipman forced the victim's hand onto his crotch and said, "touch my balls," according to the court documents. Shipman and his teammates later lured a 12-year-old to the back of the bus, and with the bus' lights turned off, committed a similar assault, authorities allege. The 12-year-old was again violated after the bus arrived at the school, when Shipman and another wrestler "placed their fingers into his anus," according to the court documents. Shipman and a friend allegedly tackled the boy and forced him between two parked vehicles, but authorities say the attack ended when the victim's parents arrived in the parking lot. KOCO The wrestlers charged in the hazing investigation have pleaded not guilty. Authorities studied surveillance footage from inside the bus and gathered other evidence before filing charges in the case. An adjunct coach was fired, a second coach was suspended and several students were placed on suspension following the initial reports of the incident. The teens will return to court in April, court records show.