The Chandler Police Department announced on Thursday they are recommending a charge against the athletic director of Hamilton High School in connection with alleged hazing incidents.
Police said Shawn Rustad was in violation of one count of failure to report child abuse after learning the school’s football players were being “picked on or harassed” in the locker room.
The physical and sexual assaults happened between fall of 2016 and January of 2017, police said. Rustad became aware of the allegations in January when he received a voice mail about it, police paperwork said.
Rustad conducted four interviews with players on the team but didn’t tell their parents, police said. Three of the victims said to Rustad they were assaulted or harassed and he told football head coach Steve Belles.
Rustad then told details about players pulling each others’ shorts down to a victim’s parent.
However, police said he never reported the incident to Chandler police or the on-campus school resource officer.
Rustad, who is also the assistant principal, isn’t the only one who could face legal action.
Police also recommended charges against Belles and the school’s principal, Ken James.
Belles was replaced as head coach and reassigned in May after allegations of sexual assault surfaced against several of his players.
Earlier this year, several Hamilton High School football players were busted for alleged hazing. The multiple physical and sexual assaults took place between the fall of 2016 and January of 2017, investigators said.
In addition, two 16-year-olds were charged in juvenile court.
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