Grand jury subpoenas issued in Maine West hazing scandal

Tribune reporter

Grand jury subpoenas in the Cook County state’s attorney’s investigation of alleged hazing on athletic teams at Maine West High School in Des Plaines have been issued, sources confirm.

Although no one could say who received the subpoenas, the orders could request specific records or documents or an appearance before a grand jury.

Several Maine West students and former students have said they were victims of hazing incidents, including one student who said he was sodomized with fingers and objects by team members on team runs.

Last month, District 207 school board members unanimously approved a resolution to suspend one of the coaches at the center of the hazing allegations, Michael Divincenzo, without pay before dismissing him. He has appealed the decision and denied knowledge of hazing to Des Plaines police, according to police reports.

The school board elected not to wait for the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the office of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s sex crimes division before choosing to begin the process of dismissing Divincenzo.

Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said she could not comment on the issue of grand jury subpoenas, but did say that the state’s attorney investigation doesn’t have an anticipated end date.

“We set no specific time frame for this investigation,” Daly said. “We’re just heading forward methodically. It will run its course and take as much time as required.”¿


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