Updated 01/15/14 – 1:30 p.m.
SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) — A former Maine West High School soccer coach has been acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges, related to alleged hazing rituals committed by his players, shortly after a judge dismissed a charge of failing to report the hazing.
Defense attorney Thomas Breen said, despite being found not guilty, Michael Divincenzo’s reputation has been tarnished beyond repair by false allegations.
“Even after an acquittal, it is almost impossible to get your reputation back, and Coach Divo had a wonderful reputation in the community – a wonderful one. There’s all sorts of great things that he did for that community,” Breen said.