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Lawyer says teacher-coach knew about lewd hazing by La Puente HIgh School soccer players

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An alleged hazing incident at a San Gabriel Valley high school prompted an investigation and the arrests of four students last week. This week it's generated a lawsuit threat involving the school’s soccer coach.

Lawyer Brian Claypool is filing suit on behalf of three of four La Puente High School soccer players allegedly assaulted earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reports. The student athletes say the coach, who’s also a teacher at the school, lured them into a storage room where several older players penetrated them with a pole.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dan Scott says officers arrested, cited, and released four students at the school last week on assault charges. “There’s no indication that the teacher involved committed a crime,” Scott said. He said his officers have interviewed 70 minors so far.

In a statement, officials with the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District called the allegations “deeply concerning and terribly sad.” They say the district’s launched an internal investigation.