A basketball coach raped a player in a motel room after an away game. Was the college at fault?
The assailant coached the victim while she was in high school and then again when she arrived at Lawson State Community College. Before the rape, the school’s president and athletic director questioned the nature of the relationship between the player and coach — but did not take special steps to separate the two.
The victim sued the school, saying the school’s athletic director failed to properly investigate a previous incident involving alleged improper contact between the coach and another player. She also said the athletic director should have done more to investigate her “inappropriate relationship” with the coach.
The court rejected her claims. The athletic director said she promptly investigated and resolved the earlier incident. And the school didn’t violate any duty it had to further investigate the nature of the relationship between the player and coach.
Cite: J.B. v. Lawson State Community College.
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