Ohio State Named in Lawsuit Alleging Former Club Diving Coach Sexually Abused Athletes

By 11W Staff on July 16, 2018 at 4:43 pm
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Two former divers filed a lawsuit in Indianapolis Monday against USA Diving.

The suit, which also named The Ohio State University Diving Club and USA Diving Inc., alleges USA Diving ignored or obstructed inquiries into allegations former Buckeye coach Will Bohonyi committed sexual abuse of athletes.

From the Associated Press:

The suit alleges Bohonyi coerced and forced the divers into frequent sex, telling them, “You owe me this.”

An attorney representing the women told the Indianapolis Star "this is just the beginning for USA diving."

Also from The Star:

Bohonyi coached at the Ohio State University Diving Club, which bills itself on its website as the  "second highest ranking junior competitive USA Diving team in the United States." 

Bohonyi has been on USA Diving's list of banned coaches since 2015, but the lawsuit alleges that action didn't happen until six months after Ohio State University investigated one of the women's allegations and fired him. The report, the lawsuit says, was provided to USA Diving.

During that time, the lawsuit alleges, Bohonyi forced the girl to perform sex acts numerous times while she was a minor. She also sent him hundreds of naked photos. 

An Ohio State spokesperson told the AP that the university investigated Bohonyi in 2014 after learning of the allegations and fired him in August of the same year

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