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.
While students at Maine West have said it was their teammates who assaulted them, prosecutors have said the coach was in the room, and did nothing to stop it.
A judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that claimed athletes at a northwest suburban school were sexually assaulted under the guise of hazing, according to the local school district.
A former Maine West High School soccer coach has been charged with multiple misdemeanor counts involving the battery and hazing of players on his team.
The man soccer players at Maine West High School have come to know affectionately as “Divo” has given up his fight for the job he lost in a hazing scandal at the northwest suburban school district.
Supporters of two coaches at Maine West High School are defending them, via Facebook.
Maine West soccer team members and other students whom Michael Divincenzo taught know him as “Divo.” He has his supporters in some former pupils, CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.
Three families have joined a lawsuit against Maine Township High School District 207, alleging their children were also hazed at Maine West High School.