Former Concordia University baseball coach Spiro Lempesis, who was fired in 2010 over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with someone who was not a minor, reportedly has been under additional scrutiny by the university recently. The new investigation, which the university announced on Monday has been completed, stems from Lempesis's arrest last June in Elmhurst on suspicion of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy.
Elmhurst police never filed charges in the June arrest, and Elmhurst Patch has not yet received the police report.
On Oct. 24, 2012, the university released a letter to students letting them know it was launching a new investigation, led by former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins. The letter, written by Concordia President John Johnson, explained the investigation would delve deeper into the 2010 incident due to new information it received regarding Lempesis's June 2012 arrest. But the letter did not refer to the location of the 2012 arrest—only that it happened "in a nearby county."
Oak Park Wednesday Journal did obtain the Elmhurst police report, however, and in a November article reported that police in June found Lempesis in the back seat of a car with a 16-year-old male in the parking lot of the Korean Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Belden Ave., between 1 and 2 a.m. An exact date is not reported. The article said Elmhurst officers also found men's underwear in the back seat of the car, and other items suggesting inappropriate sexual conduct.
The teen reportedly told police he had misled Lempesis about his age. Elmhurst police conducted an investigation, and no charges were filed, according to the Journal. No other information about the teen was released.
Concordia's investigation is now complete. On Monday, Feb. 4, Johnson released another letter to students outlining its findings. The letter states, in part:
"... the former Coach was terminated by the University in September of 2010 after an internal review revealed that he had engaged in physical and other sexual misconduct that did not involve minors.
During the fall of 2012, the University was informed of an arrest involving the former Head Baseball Coach, who allegedly had engaged in sexual misconduct with a high school aged minor who was not (and is not) a Concordia-Chicago student. ... I authorized a supplemental independent investigation of the original allegations that surfaced in 2010 and of our response to them; of the scope of the former Head Baseball Coach’s misconduct during his time at the University; and to determine whether any further actions would be appropriate."
Johnson said he could only reveal "limited details" of the investigation, due to its sensitive nature. He said Collins and his team spend 12 weeks and about 520 hours on the investigation, interviewed more than 70 people, including Lempesis, and reviewed more than 45 gigabytes—thousands of pages—of computer data.
"Of particular importance, I wanted to let you know that the University has not identified any minors involved in the suspected sexual misconduct with the former Head Baseball Coach during his time at Concordia-Chicago," Johnson wrote.
This article will be updated.