Another victim's family plans to sue Chandler district in hazing case

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Principal Ken James could face charges in connection to what he did and didn't know about the hazing allegations. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Principal Ken James could face charges in connection to what he did and didn't know about the hazing allegations. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Nathaniel William Thomas, 17 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Nathaniel William Thomas, 17 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Steve Belles, former head coach at Hamilton High School (Source: Facebook) Steve Belles, former head coach at Hamilton High School (Source: Facebook)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A fifth family of a victim in the Hamilton High School hazing case plans to sue the Chandler Unified School District.

The school district said it received the notice of claim on Tuesday. The family is seeking $7 million. The unidentified family is represented by the same attorney as the four other families.

Three families first said they planned to sue the district for a total of $20 million. Their notice of claims was served to the district in late May but the documents were made public on July 26. The three families cited "negligent hiring and negligent supervision."

[READ MORE: 3 families of alleged hazing victims plan to sue Chandler school district for $20 million]

The fourth family filed their notice of claim for a $7 million lawsuit earlier this month.

According to court documents, police have only said there were four victims.

[READ MORE: 4th family in Hamilton hazing case plans to sue Chandler school district]

The physical and sexual assaults took place between the fall of 2016 and January of 2017. Earlier this year, three Hamilton High School football players were arrested for alleged hazing.

One of the suspects is Nathaniel William Thomas. The 17-year-old is being charged as an adult and pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, kidnapping and aggravated assault. In the court paperwork, prosecutors said there are Victim A, Victim B, Victim C and Victim D.

[READ MORE: Judge: Suspect in Hamilton HS hazing being released from jail]

In addition, two 16-year-olds were charged in juvenile court.

[READ MORE: 3 teens formally charged in Hamilton High School hazing incident (March 30)]

As for the adults in charge of the program, police have recommended charges against the school's athletic director/assistant principal Shawn Rustad, now-former football coach Steve Belles and principal Ken James. No charges have been officially filed.

[READ MORE: Charge recommended against Hamilton High athletic director in hazing case]

[READ MORE: Hamilton High hazing allegations: Police recommend charges against former football coach, principal]

Police said the three school administrators knew about the hazing allegations but didn't report them to police.

[GRAPHIC CONTENT: Email sent to CUSD officials about hazing allegations]

James and Rustad remain at the school at their respective positions. Belles was replaced as head coach and reassigned in May.

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