Hamilton High School head coach reassigned amidst hazing investigation

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Steve Belles, head coach at Hamilton High School (Source: Facebook) Steve Belles, head coach at Hamilton High School (Source: Facebook)
Booking photo for Nathaniel William Thomas (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo for Nathaniel William Thomas (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Nathaniel William Thomas court appearance (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court) Nathaniel William Thomas court appearance (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court)
Booking photo for Nathaniel William Thomas (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Booking photo for Nathaniel William Thomas (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The head coach of the prominent Hamilton High School football team in Chandler, Steve Belles, has been reassigned following an investigation by the Chandler Police of hazing at the school. 

During the term of the reassignment, Belles will not be present on the Hamilton High School campus. CUSD said the reassignment is indefinite in length and is not disciplinary.

Superintendent Camille Casteel sent home a letter to parents stating, "It is so troubling to learn that we have had students who have felt unsafe and vulnerable. Our prayers are with them and the entire community."  

[APP USERS: READ the full letter here]

On Thursday, March 30, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed criminal charges against three teenagers for incidents based on the investigation.

[ORIGINAL STORY: 3 teens formally charged in Hamilton High School hazing incident]

One 17-year-old, Nathaniel William Thomas, is being charged as an adult with sex assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault.

[PHOTO: Mugshot of Nathaniel William Thomas]

[VIDEO: Watch Thomas's court appearance HERE]

Two 16-year-old students were charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and assault in juvenile court.

Prosecutors in the case have asked the court to consider transferring the teens to the adult system.

A 15-year-old suspect is also being investigated further.

[RELATED: Police ID 17-year-old suspect in Hamilton HS hazing investigation]

Originally six students were arrested on Wednesday, March 29 in connection with the hazing case. According to the Chandler Police Department the case involved multiple victims.

Belles has won 5 state titles as coach at Hamilton Hight School, most recently in 2012.

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