Proctor Police: Football investigation continues

The City of Proctor says an investigation into alleged serious misconduct by members of the Proctor High School football team is still underway but nearing completion.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, City Administator Jess Rich said the Proctor Police Department has been working closely with the St. Louis County Attorney’s Juvenile Office and school officials.

"The investigation is nearing completion and the Proctor Police Department is expecting to forward the reports generated by the investigation to the county attorney’s office soon," Rich wrote.

It will be up to the county attorney’s office to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.

In the statement, Rich responded to public pressure to release more information on the case, which has been the subject of social media conversations and Twin Cities media reports.

"We respectfully remind the public and press that despite intense media and public interest, this is a juvenile matter and very few details can be released, or will be released. Media queries, rumors, speculation, social media posts and unfounded reports have severely hindered and delayed this investigation and have done nothing for the well-being and privacy of those involved," Rich wrote.

The city said it has received some requests for information which do not comply with data practices laws, and said the official release of information on the investigation will be in the form of a statement from the Proctor Police Department. A timeline for that statement’s release was not provided.

The Proctor School District first confirmed September 22 that an investigation into the alleged student misconduct was underway. A week later, the district announced that the football team’s season had ended. Head Coach Derek Parendo later resigned from his teaching and coaching positions.

Details of the allegations have not been publicly confirmed.