Former Concordia University baseball coach under investigation by the school

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Concordia University-Chicago President John Johnson released a letter Wednesday stating that former head baseball coach Spiro Lempesis was fired abruptly over two years ago after allegations surfaced of inappropriate sexual conduct involving the coach.

The letter details actions the university took after being made aware by a school employee of "suspected inappropriate sexual conduct" by Lempesis. The letter states, "The reported misconduct did not involve minors."

The letter precedes what Johnson refers to as a the school's "supplemental independent investigation of the original allegations … " into Lempesis's conduct during his time as head baseball coach at Concordia.

Johnson stated that he sent out the letter to students, faculty, staff and local news media because of a recent alleged incident involving Lempesis and a high school-aged minor in a nearby county, where the former coach was arrested but not charged with a crime. The school has hired former Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Collins to conduct the supplemental investigation.   

"Our decision to commence an independent investigation may not only assist law enforcement, but will enable us to provide the necessary support for any individual who may have been impacted by the former head coach's misconduct," Johnson states in the letter.

Wednesday Journal has requested a copy of the police report for the recent incident through the Freedom of Information Act.

Lempesis, who served as Concordia's baseball coach for 10 years and accumulated a record of 229-182-3, was fired on Sept. 27, 2010, but the school did not give a reason at the time. Johnson states in the letter that local law enforcement was made aware of the reasoning behind the firing at the time.

In 2010, Lempesis was the outfield and first-base coach for the Rockford RiverHawks, a minor league baseball team in the Frontier League.

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cucdisgusted from river forest  

Posted: November 7th, 2012 10:27 PM

This is unreal ...two years ago they fired and made this situation a hush hush deal. Concordia did nothing to inform people that this sicko who is around recruiting young boys , & pwee camp kids was doing this stuff in his office with his players. Can't wait for this to make top news. Shame on you Concordia

Foom  

Posted: October 29th, 2012 8:12 AM

This guy really should of ironed his shirt before picture day.

A Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: October 27th, 2012 10:25 AM

If the details ever come out of this scandal, it will blow the public's mind! This is almost like a Penn State / Sandusky scandal. The victims are ashamed/embarassed for the events that took place. What does the FOIA Police report state? Investigators need to follow up with the players and get the truth out! This man should be in jail! Concordia wants to sweep this under the rug like Penn State did!!

Anthony K. from River Forest  

Posted: October 26th, 2012 9:58 AM

@ Michael You're correct. But even if he wasn't convicted it is a red flag, that was my point.

Michael from Oak Park  

Posted: October 25th, 2012 7:32 PM

Not sticking up for him, but just because he was charged doesn't mean he was convicted. Also, there is no gambling on DIII baseball.

Anthony K from River Forest  

Posted: October 25th, 2012 2:50 PM

Googled his name: Same guy? Chicago Tribune July 17, 1990 Spiro A. Lempesis, 24, of 5621 W. Cornelia Ave., Chicago, charged by Naperville police with gambling and conspiracy in gambling between April 1, 1989, and May 23, for allegedly accepting bets on professional basketball, baseball and hockey games If so, how would be pass the background test to be a college baseball manager?

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