Police release report involving former Concordia baseball coach

June arrest prompts university to re-investigate past allegations

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Wednesday Journal recently obtained a copy of the Elmhurst police report involving former Concordia University-Chicago baseball coach Spiro Lempesis, which led to the school initiating an independent investigation of allegations that stemmed from the coach's firing two years ago.

Concordia President John Johnson released a letter on Oct. 24 stating the school was conducting a "supplemental independent investigation of the original allegations" into Lempesis' conduct during his time as head baseball coach at Concordia.

Lempesis was fired abruptly from the school on Sept. 27, 2010 for what Johnson revealed in October as "suspected inappropriate sexual conduct."

The letter stated that the reported misconduct did not involve minors.

In June, Lempesis was arrested in Elmhurst on suspicion of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a minor, but was not charged. According to police, Lempesis was observed in the backseat of a two-door Honda Civic with a 16-year-old male in the parking lot of Korean Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Belden Ave., between the hours of 1 and 2 a.m.

When asked by police what the two individuals were doing in the backseat, Lempesis stated they were talking about colleges and looking for college paperwork beneath the front seat.

Police found a pair of men's underwear lying behind the passenger's seat of the car, a pair of wet ankle socks, a hand towel on the floor board and two damp spots in the backseat.     

According to the report, the 16-year-old boy twice gave a false identity to police. Lempesis told police he first met the boy at a baseball camp he runs, but wasn't sure which one. He said it could have been Concordia University, according to the report.

Lempesis told police he was talking to the boy about making good decisions.

After a full investigation that involved police analyzing Lempesis' computer and cellphone, and the 16-year-old boy stating he misled Lempesis regarding his age, no charges were filed.

Concordia has hired former Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Collins to conduct its 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 stated in the letter.

Lempesis served as Concordia's baseball coach for 10 years, accumulating a record of 229-182-3. Johnson states in the letter that local law enforcement was made aware of the reasoning behind his firing at the time.

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

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Posted: November 6th, 2012 2:32 PM


A Resident from Oak Park  

Posted: November 3rd, 2012 12:03 AM

This is just the tip of the iceberg that will make Concordia look like Penn State. Can you say Spiro Sandusky!?! Keep digging Patrick Collins!

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