Hamilton High School hazing case: Fourth alleged victim files notice of claim against district

Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 07:38:40-04

The Chandler Unified School District is confirming that they’ve received a fourth notice of claim from an alleged victim in connection with the Hamilton High School sexual assault scandal.

A district spokesperson says the notice of claim was filed Wednesday afternoon for $7 million. Phoenix attorney Dan Raynak represents all four victims for a total of $27 million.

The claims are the first step toward filing lawsuits.

According to court documents, the families allege that district employees failed to report the assaults after allegedly receiving multiple tips or complaints on several different occasions.

In July, the Chandler Police Department recommended that charges be filed against former coach Steve Belles, principal Ken James and athletic director Shan Rustad.

An investigation was launched in February after four victims — all under the age of 15 at the time of the incidents — came forward accusing Hamilton High football players of molesting them between September 2015 and January 2017 in the team’s locker room.