DCFS finds evidence of neglect and abuse in Maine West hazing
A new report released by the Department of Children and Family Services says reports of evidence of neglect and abuse at Maine West High School, amid hazing allegations, are substantiated.
Maine West boys’ soccer coaches Emilio Rodriguez and Michael Divincenzo have been suspended without pay, as school board officials pursue their dismissal.
The two are named in a lawsuit filed by four current and former student athletes, who say they were sexually assaulted in hazing rituals at the school. Some of them say the assaults go back to 2007.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports DCFS was able to substantiate claims of abuse. That report can now be used by the Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez in it’s investigation of the hazing allegations.
Alvarez has not announced if criminal charges will be charged.
Rodriquez and Divincenzo have denied the accusations and they are appealing their suspension.