Sexual Hazing at St. Patrick-St. Vincent: Vallejo Police Are Investigating

Principal Mary Ellen Ryan said in a statement that Coach Cerbone bears responsibility because he was the person in charge when the incidents took place


Police are investigating the sexual hazing incidents that led to the firing of St. Patrick-St. Vincent football coach Chris Cerbone, and to the expulsion of five students.

Vallejo Police Lt. Jim O’Connell told the Vallejo Times-Herald “the investigation has just started, and is ongoing.”

To read more about the . It's somewhat graphic. 

Coach Cerbone was not involved with the hazing, but Principal Mary Ellen Ryan said in a statement that he bears responsibility because he was the person in charge when the incidents took place. 

Many Patch readers commented on our original story, suggesting that by Ryan's logic, she too bears responsibility since she's hold authority over the whole school. 

"This is a travesty!" said one commenter. "The head coach should be reinstated, the principal should resign and the asst. coach should be fired. Charges should be brought against the predators and the asst. coach! Enough is enough!" 

Others said the matter needs to be investigated by police, which is exactly what's happening now. We'll follow the story as it plays out. 

Scott Burford January 31, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I'm happy to read that the Vallejo police have opened up an investigation. There has been a lot of discussion on this already, and I have shared my thoughts on that other post, so I wont repeat myself. Hopefully the Vallejo Police can uncover EVERYTHING that has happened surrounding this situation. Only then will we know for sure how many individuals, and who in particular, are guilty of wrongdoing and breaking the law. My gut feeling is that there will be more people involved, and possible more firings at this school. Regardless, this school has suffered a "black eye" that will be around for a while.
DeeperThinking February 01, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Rhonda, I am not forgetting anything. This discussion is about Cerbone, in response to Justin Cox. Apparently he, as well as so many other Benicians, believe that Cerbone should be exhonerated because he reported the incident, lack of responsibility be damned. He, as well as his fellow Benicians, think he should be retained because he reported the incident. Justin obviously believes that nobody should care about Cerbone's failure to protect those children, just as long as he reported it. The other coaches are a separate case. The firing of Cerbone has little to do with whether more individuals should be fired with him. The question here is whether CERBONE should be fired. Yes, he should. As far as your analogy about whether the principal is responsible for a teacher's failure to prevent abuse inside of the teacher's classroom, the answer is no. The teacher is responsible for his own classroom. The principal is not, and neither is the custodian, nor the Superintendant of Schools. The teacher is an adult, is a professional, and is certified by a code of ehtics. The locker room is Cerbone's classroom. I hope you are not suggesting that a teacher can allow abuse to take place in his own classroom by simply telling everyone that the principal is to blame because the principal's name is on the door. And the only reason this would go to court is if Cerbone himself believes that reporting the incident makes his behavior and his inaction harmless.
Babaloo February 01, 2013 at 05:03 AM
are you his "mouth peice bobby ? leon can speak from himself. if i was there it would not have happened...garbage in garbage out of bobby mouth...
anon February 08, 2013 at 09:02 AM
this is a test
anon February 08, 2013 at 09:32 AM
It's interesting how easy it is to form opinions, even when you don't have the facts. I guess the old saying is true... "Opinions are like elbows... Everyone's got one." Let's ask a question: What if by chance (fact) this coach was not fired because of this incident? What if this incident was the preverbal "straw which broke the camels back?" Hmmmm. Here are some facts: 1. The parents were about to go the principle with a petition to fire him for his "Lack of Coaching and respect for the players". 2. In 5 months the coach completely alienated himself from the faculty. 3. The main reason why those players were unsupervised, was because the coach fired ALL of the JV coaches. Instead of the 11 or so coaches, for the total program, which had been on staff, there were only 5. Oh, by the way, the reason why they were fired... There played for the previous coach. 4. The coach NEVER took responsibility for his actions... He openly blamed and embarrassed the players when they lost; he blamed the principle and everyone else because he lost his job. 5. It's been said that none of the present coaches were coming back if he was to remain the HC. For a short list, it is clear, that while this was a horrible event, the dismissal of this coach was far beyond this event.


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