Hamilton Officials Reassigned Amid Hazing Investigation

By Al Macias
Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:38pm
Updated: Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:39pm

More fallout emerges from an investigation at Hamilton High school in Chandler. Police allege the school’s former football coach and principal did not report allegations of possible sexual assault involving members of the school’s football team. Now those two men and the athletic director are being reassigned to other duties away from the school. 

The Chandler district notified Hamilton parents this afternoon that Principal Ken James, Athletic Director Shawn Rustad, and former coach Steve Belles were being reassigned to other duties away from the school.

In the statement, the district says,  “none of the employees have been charged, it could be some time before the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office decides how it will proceed.  Therefore, to avoid any distraction caused by this uncertainty, the District administration and employees believe that reassignment is the best course at this time.”

Chandler police say they are investigating assault charges involving six victims. The case came to light in February after several football players reported being assaulted as part of hazing incidents dating back to 2015.

The three men could face charges of failure to report child abuse or hindering prosecution.