By Brad Spencer
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.