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.

Abduction And Attempted Sexual Assault Of Woman In Albany Park

There was an alleged abduction and attempted sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman Tuesday morning (May 3, 2016) in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the incidents happened at approximately 6:15 a.m. at the intersection of Montrose and Kimball Avenues.  The female victim was waiting for a bus, when a small silver sedan approached her.  The car parked in a nearby parking lot, and two men began calling to her, trying to persuade her to get into the car.  Then, one of the men forced her into the backseat of the car.  As the car drove east on Montrose, the man in the back seat attempted to sexually assault the woman.

The woman then jumped from the moving vehicle.  She was hospitalized, but her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening in nature.

An excerpt from the May 6, 2016 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police search for suspects in attempted sexual assault in Albany Park“:

One suspect is described as a Hispanic man who is between 25 and 35 years old. He is between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2 in height. He weighs 180 pounds and has a shaggy hairstyle. He has brown eyes and a dark brown complexion. He was wearing a black shirt, according to the release.

The second suspect is a Hispanic man who is between 25 and 30 years old. He is between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7 and he weighs between 150 and 160 pounds. He has a light brown complexion, the release said.

Those with information concerning these sex crimes are asked to call Chicago Police Area North Detectives at 312-744-8261.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago abduction and attempted rape are seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above as well as the May 5 article titled “Woman jumps from car to escape assault in Albany Park.”

12-Year-Old Girl Lured On Social Media

A 12-year-old girl who was lured on social media by an 18-year-old man was found safe early Tuesday morning (April 19, 2016) according to Palos Hills Police.

The girl’s mother called police on Monday after hearing that the girl did no show up to school that day.

An excerpt from the Palos Patch article of April 18, 2016, titled “Palos Hills Girl, 12, Found Safe After Lured by Man on Social Media:  Police“:

Local detectives jumped into the investigation, quickly learning that she had come into contact with an older man through social media. Tuesday around 3 a.m., the girl was located in the 6000 block of North Ridge Avenue in Chicago, along with two other juvenile girls in the man’s company.

The 18-year-old man was taken into custody and charges are pending.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Palos Patch article mentioned above, as well as the April 19 article (with video) titled “Man in custody after 12-year-old lured on social media.”

Sex Trafficking In Lake County, Illinois

The Highland Park Patch article of March 2, 2015, titled “A Growing Problem:  Sheriff, Activist Weigh In On Sex Trafficking in Lake County” discusses the issue of sex trafficking in Lake County, as well as efforts being made to curtail its incidence.

The article discusses the impact of the internet on child pornography, pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking.

One excerpt, quoting Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran:

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has been “all over this” issue for a long time, Curran said.

“We’ve had some major stings on Johns for years now,” he said.


Even with an increased number of stings and awareness events, like one planned by the Sheriff’s Department for the College of Lake County in April on the link between pornography and trafficking – law enforcement and activists are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to sex trafficking.

Additional details can be seen in the Highland Park Patch article mentioned above.

Sexual Assaults After Meeting Online

Two recent prison sentences given in sex crimes, specifically sexual assaults, serve to further reinforce the inherent possibilities of sexual predators active in online sites and social media.

The May 7, 2014 Chicago Tribune article, titled “Man gets 6 years in prison for 2nd Facebook attack” discusses the alleged sexual assaults of underage girls by Eduardo Patino, 26, of Chicago.  At least two of his victims he met through Facebook.

Another Chicago Tribune article of May 8, 2014, titled “Craigslist rapist gets 36 years in prison,” discusses various alleged sexual assaults performed by Charles Oliver, 46, of Woodstock.   An excerpt from the article:

Authorities said Oliver had a pattern of meeting women online and agreeing to exchange money for sex with them. But after taking them back to his home, he became threatening, verbally abusive and, in some cases, violent, and forced the women to perform acts to which they had not agreed. He often videotaped these acts.

Additional details and possible updates regarding these cases can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the two Chicago Tribune articles mentioned above.

How to protect children from online sexual predators is discussed in the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) document titled “Preventing the Sexual Exploitation of Children.”