A lawsuit filed on Monday alleges that soccer team hazing at Maine Township High School included sexual assault.
The lawsuit claims that three freshman at Maine West were assaulted as part of the ritual, which is claimed to have occurred on September 27. The lawsuit claims that the hazing and sexual assault happened during school hours and was condoned by coaches.
An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of November 19 titled “Lawsuit: Sex assaults part of Maine West soccer team hazing ritual” :
The suit alleges that coaches ordered a “campus run,” a term which was a code indicating the hazing should commence.At that signal, older team members grabbed Romanucci’s client, tore off his pants and underwear, held him down on the school’s soccer field and sodomized him with their fingers and other foreign objects, the suit alleges.
While this went on, the coaches “stood idly by” according to complaint.
Two other boys who are not part of the legal action got the same treatment, the suit claimed.
Both the Des Plaines Police Department and the school district have conducted investigations; however, details of these investigations have yet to be released. However, a number of students and coaches face disciplinary and/or criminal charges.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the November 20 Huntington Post story titled “Maine West High School Sued For Student Hazing, Sodomy ‘Sanctioned by Coaches.’“