Not Guilty: Former Maine West Coach Acquitted in Hazing Case

Former Maine West coach was acquitted of misdemeanor battery and hazing charges, but will still face a civil trial, sources said.

Michael DiVincenzo.
Michael DiVincenzo.

Former District 207 Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo,  has been acquitted of misdemeanor battery, hazing and failing to report abuse, according to nbcchicago.com. 

The Daily Herald reported that Judge Jeffrey T. Warnick said that Divincenzo did not know about the hazing and did not condone such behavior.

Last year Divincenzo was fired by school District 207 over the hazing allegations. Lawsuits filed by former students alleged that school officials knew about hazing at Maine West for years and allowed it to continue. Divincenzo has denied any wrongdoing and dropped a challenge to his termination only after coming to an agreement with District 207.

Earlier: D207 Cuts Deal With Hazing Coach; Lawyer Says It Stinks

DiVincenzo still faces a civil trial brought by parents of students who say they were victimized by hazing, chicago.cbslocal.com reported, but that trial has not yet been set. 

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Pat Craig January 15, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Now that he has been found "not guilty", where does he go to get his reputation back?


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