Court documents accuse 17-year-old Nathaniel Thomas of being the ring leader who committed most of the acts while other players watched or in some cases helped.
The family of a fifth student sexually assaulted by Hamilton High School football players has filed a multimillion-dollar notice of claim against the Chandler Unified School District.
The district now faces a total of $34 million in damages over allegations that coaches took steps to cover up hazing on campus.
The notices of claim, all filed by attorney Daniel Raynak, contend the district was negligent in supervising and hiring the school's football coaches, who “did nothing to prevent these attacks.”
The Republic has previously reported from court documents that four victims younger than 15 were assaulted between September 2015 and January 2017. Three football players face charges, with one being prosecuted as an adult.
The latest claim raises questions of whether Chandler police have identified more victims in the ongoing investigation.
A police spokesman said the department was working Thursday afternoon to provide clarification to The Republic.
Raynak did not immediately return a request for an interview.
Chandler police have recommended to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that criminal charges be brought against Hamilton Principal Ken James, former Hamilton football head coach Steve Belles and Athletic Director Shawn Rustad.
In a statement submitted to the county attorney, police allege the three men failed to report violent hazing incidents involving team members to law enforcement.
No charging decisions have been announced by the county attorney.
James and Belles are named in the notices of claim, along with the school’s athletic director and multiple coaches who have not been publicly named by authorities. The notices allege James and Belles had knowledge of the assaults and then camouflaged the incidents when concerns were raised.
At one point, a coach walked in on an assault and didn’t take steps to alert law enforcement, the claims allege.
Chandler police told The Republic that detectives had no record that a coach had witnessed an incident.
Victims approached coaches for help to no avail, the claims said.
Instead, coaches met with players to determine steps to cover up incidents, according to documents obtained by The Republic.
Terry Locke, a Chandler Unified spokesman, declined to comment Thursday, saying the district does not discuss matters involving potential litigation.
5th victim steps forward in Hamilton High sex assaults, seeks damages Yihyun Jeong, The Republic | azcentral.com Aug. 17, 2017
Court documents reveal details of hazing 'traditions' at Hamilton High School Elizabeth Wiley, KPNX April 01, 2017