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:
- “Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault During Maine West Soccer Team Hazing Ritual” of November 20, 2012
- “Further Investigation Of Alleged Hazing At Maine West” of December 5, 2012
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.