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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – Tuesday in a St. Louis County courtroom, young teens described being dragged from their beds in the middle of the night at a summer football camp and being sodomized by other boys.

It came out in a trial today regarding the reported 2014 hazing attacks at prestigious Principia school.

Testimony was powerful from the very first witness who cried on the stand.  His parents also cried in court as he described football team leaders terrorizing him one night during the sleepover camp. He told a story of being ambushed in his room in the middle of the night, pinned against the wall, and sodomized with a pencil through his boxer shorts.

He described seeing one face next to his while he was pressed against the wall, Maverick Holmsley.  The victim was 14 at the time and says he has nightmares and visions of the faces of those who attacked him. Another victim, who was 15 at the time, said Holmsley and 4 other boys stormed his room, pinned him down and kicked him when he struggled.  He said Holmsley even asked him the next morning 'How did you sleep?'

Holmsley`s defense team is attacking the credibility of the victims, questioning whether the boys know who they saw or whether they`re truly traumatize d.  Defense attorney Justin Gelfand says Holmsley`s not even accused of penetration during the attacks and that this was supposed to be a prank, not meant to terrorize, but rather to joke around.

Holmsley faces 2 counts of sodomy and 2 counts of attempted sodomy. A guilty verdict could bring prison sentence of 5 years to life.

The trial for the reported ring leader, Josh Brewer, is expected to start in March of 2017.