Police Actively Investigating Seymour High School Football Team

Emily Archacki
August 09, 2018 - 1:01 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) Seymour police are conducting an active investigation related to an incident reported at Seymour High School on May 22. The incident involves the Seymour High School football team.

Earlier this week it was announced that Steve George, a former Newtown High School football coach, would be taking over active coaching duties at Seymour High School.

George, coaching on an interim basis, is replacing head football coach Tom Lennon.

“We are conducting an ongoing investigation,” said Seymour Police Chief Paul Satkowski. “Because of that, we are not able to release any further information.”

According to a letter sent by the Superintendent’s Office to parents and players, the appointment is “due to personnel issues and recent resignations.”

Lennon was placed on paid administrative leave on May 23; one day after the incident at the high school was reported.

In addition, assistant coach Joe Deptula was informed he would not have his contract renewed for the 2018-2019 season. Then fellow assistant coaches James Burns, Jeff Gilbert, John Johnson and Jamie Yakushevich all resigned from their positions.

Lennon, who has been the head football coach since 2009, was also suspended from his role in the Seymour High School Library and Media department, as well as his additional coaching role on the outdoor track and field team.

“Our detectives are working on the case. I can’t give a timetable as to when it will be completed,” said Satkowski. “There is some more work to be done on it, and we are trying to be as thorough and methodical as possible.”

With Seymour’s football season set to kick off August 13, many parents and players were concerned with lack of information provided as to why changes were being made. As well as the lack of organization in terms of summer practice preparation with no coaching staff defined.