Maine West Soccer Team Hazing Lawsuit Settled

Sexual assault that was part of alleged hazing of Maine West High School (in Des Plaines) soccer team members in 2012, and the lawsuit filed concerning the hazing, has been previously discussed on this site in the following two posts:

Recently, a settlement has been reached regarding the lawsuit.  This settlement is discussed in a number of media sources, including the November 8, 2016 Daily Herald article titled “Dist. 207 settles soccer hazing lawsuit for $1 million” and the November 8 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “$1 million settlement for students who alleged Maine West hazing.”

A couple of excerpts from the Chicago Sun-Times article:

Five former Maine West students who filed a lawsuit against the northwest suburban high school four years ago claiming they were sexually assaulted in a soccer hazing ritual have been awarded $1 million in a settlement.


At least one student claimed teammates tore off his pants and underwear, pushed him to the ground, shoved his face in the dirt, punched him, grabbed his testicles and sodomized him with fingers and sticks, according to the suit.

An excerpt from the Daily Herald article:

Soccer coaches Michael Divincenzo and Emilio Rodriguez were fired after the allegations surfaced in 2012. Divincenzo also was charged with hazing and misdemeanor battery, but a Cook County judge acquitted him after a trial in 2014.

Six students were charged as juveniles with battery and hazing, but none were charged with sexual assault.

As seen in the articles regarding the settlement, the District 207 school board issued a statement denying any wrongdoing with regard to the alleged incidents claimed in the lawsuit.

Additional details regarding the alleged hazing and sexual assaults and lawsuit settlement can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

Woman Sexually Assaulted While Jogging In Albany Park

A woman was sexually assaulted Sunday morning (September 25, 2016) in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the assault happened as a woman was jogging eastbound on Sunnyside Avenue, approaching Kedzie Avenue, at approximately 7:15 a.m.  At that time, a man grabbed her and groped her.

The man then fled on foot.  While a detailed description of the suspect is not available, the man is described as being at least six feet tall and having an athletic build.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the September 25, 2016 article titled “Woman groped while jogging in Albany Park, police say” as well as the September 26 article titled “Jogger Sexually Assaulted In Albany Park, Police Issue Community Alert.”

Girl Sexually Assaulted In Northwest Side Thrift Store

A girl was sexually assaulted Monday evening (September 5, 2016) inside an Albany Park (Chicago’s Northwest Side) thrift store.

According to Chicago Police, the sexual attack happened inside the Village Discount Outlet thrift store at Lawrence Avenue and Spalding Avenue at approximately 7:00 p.m.

At that time, a man grabbed a girl and sexually assaulted her within the store.

An excerpt from the September 7, 2016 article (with video) titled “Man sexually assaults young girl on Chicago’s Northwest Side“:

The suspect is described by police as a white Hispanic man between the ages of 25 and 40 years. He was seen wearing a gray T-shirt with a white circle on it and gray cargo shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident should call detectives at 312-492-3810. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to

Additional details and possible updates concerning this sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above, as well as the September 7 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Girl Sexually Assaulted In Albany Park Thrift Store.”

Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against School District And Bus Company

There has been a lawsuit filed against Indian Prairie School District 204 and the First Student bus company with regard to alleged “inappropriate touching” and fondling of a girl by a male middle school student.  The lawsuit is asking for $3 million from the defendants, as well as the $20,000 from the boy’s parents.

An excerpt from the Naperville Patch article of August 22, 2016, titled “Parents Claim Naperville Daughter was Sexually Assaulted on School Bus:  Report“:

The lawsuit, filed by the girl’s parents, says the girl was fondled on the bus May 18, 2015, while on her way to an after-school activity. The girl reportedly told the boy to stop, but he then spit on her and “used his backpack to hit her in the head several times,” according to the report.

The lawsuit claims the district violated the federal Title IX law “because the district failed to properly investigate the mother’s report, as well as 12 other alleged sexual harassment reports from other students,” according to the report. The district is also accused of failing to protect the girl.

According to this article as well as the Daily Herald article of August 19, 2016, titled “Lawsuit says Dist. 204 failed to protect student from sexual assaults,” the girl’s mother had previously alerted the school of the boy’s inappropriate touching of the girl.  An excerpt from the Daily Herald article:

Just two months earlier, according to an email attached to the lawsuit, the girl’s mother contacted district officials and said her daughter was complaining about the boy touching her private areas.

“This is an inappropriate behavior and it has to stop,” the mother wrote.

Additional details regarding this sexual assault lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Naperville Patch and Daily Herald articles mentioned above.

Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Area Hospital

There has been a sexual assault lawsuit filed against Riveredge Hospital in Forest Park over an alleged sexual assault of a patient in 2015.  The lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

The lawsuit claims that the patient, a 16-year-old boy, was sexually assaulted (“violently sexually assaulted,” as seen in the lawsuit) by another patient on March 11, 2015.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of August 18, 2016, titled “Suit:  16-year-old boy sexually assaulted at Riveredge Hospital“:

The suit alleges that the hospital did not properly screen or supervise the patient assigned to share a secured room with the boy. It also alleges the hospital did not inform the family of the patient’s history of violent behavior and failed to care for the boy after becoming aware of the violent sexual assault.

The lawsuit claims negligence on the part of the hospital and seeks more than $500,000.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago-area sexual assault lawsuit can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the August 19 article of August 19 titled “Boy, 16, sexually assaulted by patient at Forest Park hospital:  lawsuit.”