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Coach in hazing scandal strikes deal

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT

MORTON GROVE (AP) — A suburban Chicago soccer coach who was dismissed after a hazing scandal says he's dropping his effort to be reinstated.

Michael Divincenzo was fired after high school administrators said he violated policy for failing to "prevent, recognize, report and punish student hazing."

As part of a deal with Maine West High School, Divincenzo agreed to help them defend against a lawsuit. He'll also receive health insurance through January.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Divincenzo issued a statement saying he's done nothing wrong.

Two 14-year-old players on the soccer team claim they were sexually assaulted inside the school in September as part of a hazing ritual.

Five juveniles have been charged with misdemeanor battery and a sixth was charged in connection to another incident at a summer soccer camp.

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