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Hazing & sexual abuse alleged at Army and Navy Academy

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (CBS 8) - There are disturbing allegations of hazing and sexual molestation at a military boarding school in Carlsbad.

Two former students at the Army and Navy Academy have filed suit. To support their allegations, they say all you have to do is check out the videos on YouTube.

One video shows students engaged in a rowdy pillow fight during a field trip to Camp Pendleton. Another video shows students boxing in the dorm rooms. But perhaps the most disturbing videos are those showing students getting picked on, bullied and pinned down.

To some, the videos are proof there's a culture of hazing at the school.

"What's shown in the video is only a small percentage of what's happening at the school," attorney Vince Finaldi said.

Finaldi has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Army and Navy Academy student who says he was hazed and sexually assaulted by other students in 2003 when he was 16.

"The students took Icy-Hot chest rub and they put it on his face and in his ears, on his testicles, his genitals and they pushed him down and sodomized him with a broom stick," Finaldi said.

In a separate lawsuit, another 16-year-old student says he had sex with an 18-year-old male classmate in a school locker room. The suit also alleges lack of supervision.

"How many more are out there? How many more does the school know about? That's what really concerns me," Finaldi said.

The Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad has been operating for 100 years. Students between 7th and 12th grade live in dorms on campus.

"Hazing is absolutely forbidden on campus," school president Stephen Bliss said.

Bliss insists students are safe.

"We leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety and security of these students," he said.

Bliss says the school has investigated the broom stick rape allegations from seven years ago, and found nothing.

"If this incident actually happened we would not tolerate it. I don't believe anybody has any knowledge that this occurred whatsoever," he said.

He says students are supervised at night, and the videos posted online are out of the ordinary behavior.

"Schools are not prisons. It's not feasible to be in everyone's room 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, sometimes mischievousness overrules common sense and good judgment," Bliss said.

The boys shown in the YouTube videos are not the students alleging sexual abuse or hazing.

Both lawsuits are still ongoing. One is set to go to trial later this year.

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