• Steve Belles with Brad Cesmat

    Steve Belles with Brad Cesmat

  • Nathaniel Thomas arraignment

    Nathaniel Thomas arraignment

  • Attorney defends charged Hamilton player

    Attorney defends charged Hamilton player

  • Nathaniel Thomas released from jail

    Nathaniel Thomas released from jail

  • Nathaniel Thomas's initial court appearance

    Nathaniel Thomas’s initial court appearance

  • Here's what we know about the Hamilton High arrests

    Here’s what we know about the Hamilton High arrests

The Maricopa County’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing new police information to determine if more people will be charged in connection with assaults reported in the Hamilton High School football program.

Amanda Jacinto, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokeswoman, said Monday that new information was submitted by Chandler police.

 “The submittal covers additional individuals linked to the on-going investigation of assaults at Hamilton High School involving the football program,” Jacinto said in a statement.

 “As in any criminal case, we will continue to partner with law enforcement to assess the reasonable likelihood of conviction in a charging decision.”

Three teenagers already face charges in the investigation.

“The investigation continues into conduct that is well beyond any legitimate activity involved in a football program,” Jacinto said.


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Police records indicate a series of assaults and attempted assaults involving four victims younger than 15 were at the hands of fellow athletes.

Police and the Chandler Unified School District said a third party alerted them in February about the allegations of assault. The attacks are believed to have occurred from September 2015 to January 2017.

Six teens were arrested March 29 at the school, and three were charged.

One player, Nathaniel William Thomas, 17, was charged in a series of felonies involving three victims. Thomas was charged as an adult with sexual assault and multiple counts of molestation, kidnapping and aggravated assault. He was released from the Maricopa County Lower Buckeye Jail on April 6 after paying a $25,000 bond.

Thomas, a student at both Hamilton and Chief Hill Learning Academy, was listed as a defensive back on the 2016 Hamilton football roster but was not among regular starters.

Two 16-year-old players charged in juvenile court face kidnapping, aggravated assault and assault charges.

Hamilton football coach Steve Belles was reassigned in the wake of the scandal. Belles told Sports360AZ host Brad Cesmat in May that his responsibility as coach leaves him ultimately responsible.

“I was the captain of the ship. I’m the one being held responsible. That’s just the way it goes when you’re the guy in charge,” Belles said.

The Chandler Unified School District announced in May that Belles had been offered a teaching contract for the 2017-2018 school year but would not return to coaching.

Anyone who was subjected to hazing activities at Hamilton High School was encouraged to notify the Chandler Police Department.


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