Police in Morrisville, NC are investigating reports that five DeMatha Catholic High School football players hired the services of prostitutes following a season-opening road game victory over Durham-based Hillside High School last weekend.
According to Stephanie Smith, public information officer for the town of Morrisville, police have an open investigation into the incident. Citing the unfinished investigation, Smith was unable to release much information about the incident.
According to Smith, the incident apparently occurred at a Holiday Inn in Morrisville near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Smith said that prostitution is not a big problem in Morrisville, a 7-sq. mile town with a population of 20,000 near Durham.
"This isn't something I've known of happening before," said Smith, commenting on the rarity of high-school athletes involved in prostitution transactions in the area. "This stuff doesn't come up ever in this town."
Morrisville Police Chief Ira Jones also said that while prostitution is not unheard of in his town, it's not a big problem either.
"Being in such close proximity to the airport, we've had that issue in the past with prostitutes," said Jones. "But it's nothing that no other progressive city or town isn't dealing with."
Late Thursday night, The Washington Post broke the story that five DeMatha football players were disciplined after school officials investigated rumors that five non-starting players on the team had hired three prostitutes and snuck them into the team hotel in the early morning hours after their rout of Hillside. According to the Post, two players involved have withdrawn from the school, two others face expulsion and a fifth was slated for a disciplinary hearing today.
Earlier today, DeMatha Principal Dan McMahon issued a press release stating that the DeMatha community was "saddened and hurt" by the player's actions at the team hotel.
According to the release, McMahon said that the players were able to sneak the prostitutes into their hotel room at 5 a.m., about an hour after chaperones had conducted a final check of the hallways. The school had 18 chaperones and coaches on the trip overseeing the 65 student athletes.
McMahon said that school administrators first learned of the scandal on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Jones said that his police department was notified of the incident by school officials two days later on Thursday afternoon.