Alleged DeMatha Prostitution Scandal: Principal Confirms ‘Incident’ Occurred
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — The principal of a local high school has confirmed an incident occurred while the school’s football program was staying in a hotel in North Carolina and disciplinary action has been taken.
The Washington Post originally reported five DeMatha Catholic High School football players were removed from the program after ordering prostitutes to their hotel room.
After the team’s 52-14 victory near Raleigh, N.C. last Saturday, the Post says five of DeMatha’s players ordered prostitutes to their hotel rooms using a local call service at about 5 a.m.
The school sent 18 chaperones on the trip to oversee the players.
According to the report, two of the players have already withdrawn from the school. Two others are facing expulsion, while the fifth is scheduled for a disciplinary hearing Friday.
DeMatha Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon released the following statement on Friday:
The past weekend the school’s football team traveled to North Carolina for a game. We sent 18 chaperones and 65 players. Prior to the trip a meeting was held with all parents and students to outline procedures and expectations. Expectations for behavior were reinforced throughout the trip. As on all field trips, we conducted room checks and monitored hallways. The last bed checks were at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and the hallways were monitored until after 4:30 a.m.
The incident referred to in the newspaper occurred after 5 a.m. on Saturday morning. The school first learned of it on Tuesday afternoon and began an investigation. 5 students and their families were notified that they would face disciplinary procedures. All proper authorities in the Archdiocese of Washington, the state of Maryland and the state of North Carolina were notified.
The school stands behind our coach, Elijah Brooks, his staff, the school staff who monitored the trip, and our students. The school community is saddened and hurt by the actions of these few who do not reflect the character of the community.
We come from a faith tradition that emphasizes that we tell the truth and support one another. I cannot, either legally or morally, speak to any disciplinary matters.