4 More Iowa Athletes Plead Guilty to Underage Gambling

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Gilbert Horowitz
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Iowa State quarterback Hunter Dekkers and four other Iowa State and Iowa athletes have plead guilty to underage gambling on Wednesday following a state investigation into sports wagering.


Per ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, the reduced charge of underage gambling carries a fine of $645 and the athletes won't face further criminal penalties.

Jake Remsburg, former Iowa State player Dodge Sauser, former Iowa kicker Aaron Blom and former Iowa baseball player Gehrig Christensen all were pleading guilty on Wednesday.

They had originally been charged with tampering with records, considered an aggravated misdemeanor with the potential of up to two years in prison.

"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."

A number of athletes from both Iowa schools are facing charges of illegally gambling on games.

Dekkers admitted to wagering $2,700 on events, including a football game when he playing for the team.  Remsburg admitted to betting $1,108 on NCAA games.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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