Belvidere football coach returns to sidelines after hazing probe

Staff Report

Belvidere High School football coach Chuck Leonard will be return to the sidelines Monday, Oct. 20, after being placed on leave last week.

Leonard was suspended indefinitely after allegations of abuse were brought against the team in what has been called a hazing incident that took place in August. While details of the incident have not been released, three members of the team were arrested in class Friday and charged with aggravated battery. The players have been released to their parents.

The arrests were made after an investigation by the school district and Belvidere Police Department. Because the players are juveniles, their identities are being withheld.

Belvidere (4-4) defeated Rockford East 46-18 Friday, Oct. 17. The team faces Boylan (5-3) this Friday at home.


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