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Hunter Dekkers among 5 to plead guilty to underage gambling

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN

Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers and four other current or former ISU and Iowa athletes have pleaded guilty to underage gambling, a reduced charge, after a state investigation into sports wagering.

Dekkers, offensive lineman Jake Remsburg, former Iowa State player Dodge Sauser, former Iowa kicker Aaon Blom and former Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen all entered guilty pleas. They and other Iowa State and Iowa athletes had been charged with tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor that carried a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

The underage gambling charge carries a fine of $645. None of the men will face further criminal penalties.

“The original records tampering charge against these young men never fit this case, either legally or factually,” attorney Mark Weinhardt, who represents Dekkers, Remsburg and Sauser, said in a statement. “Hunter, Jake, and Dodge are not and never were guilty of that charge. The charge has nothing to do with gambling. Other than the fact that Hunter, Jake, and Dodge placed some bets before they turned 21, nothing about those bets was a crime under Iowa law.”

Weinhardt said the athletes can now “focus on the educational and eligibility aspects of this matter.”

Dekkers currently is not participating in team activities for Iowa State.

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