Vallejo police said Monday they will investigate sexual hazing allegations that led last Friday to the firing of the varsity football coach and expulsion of five students at St. Patrick St. Vincent High School.

"We are aware of the allegations, and we are looking to talk to the people involved," said Lt. Jim O'Connell, head of investigations.

O'Connell said he also has been in contact with the archdiocese "on the matter and that (the diocese) has been cooperative."

"The investigation has just started, and is ongoing," said O'Connell, who added that police learned of the hazing charges last Thursday that involved attacks on six students.

Thursday was the day before first-year varsity coach Chris Cerbone was fired by Principal

Chris Cerbone, fired St Patrick St. Vincent varsity football coach. (Mike Jory/Times-Herald)

Mary Ellen Ryan, and several weeks after Cerbone reported the sexual hazing allegations to her.

In his Dec. 19 report to Ryan, Cerbone said that a number of freshman football players reluctantly told him after the season that they had been victims of a hazing ritual in the St. Pat's locker room. The charges including that varsity players had removed their clothing and had held the younger players as they assaulted them with their genitals.

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