Coach in Maine West hazing scandal found not guilty on all counts
The former Maine West High School soccer coach is found not guilty on Wednesday on all counts in a hazing scandal.
Michael Divincenzo was originally charged with hazing, battery, and failing to report the hazing.
During his trial, two former freshmen testified varsity players were sexually abusive during hazing rituals in 2012. They claimed Divincenzo ordered the varsity players to do 100 push ups and apologize when he learned about the attack.
Prosecutors argued he violated state law by not calling the police right away. But, the judge threw-out the “failure to report” count Wednesday morning because a coach isn’t required to report abuse between students.
The defense then rested right away, and the judge ruled not guilty on the other two charges.
Divincenzo was emotional after the trial.
“I’m just very grateful for my lawyers, and my family and my friends. And, it’s been very, very hard. And I just really appreciate I have such great people behind me. Thank you,” said Divincenzo.
He adds he doesn’t know if he’ll ever coach or teach again.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.