Ex-San Jose State official alleges cover-up of sex assault
Added 09-18-20 12:03:02am EST - “The former deputy athletic director at San Jose State University is accusing several school officials, including the athletic director and president, of covering up sexual assault claims and retaliating against those who reported…” - Washingtontimes.com
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The former deputy athletic director at San Jose State University is accusing several school officials, including the athletic director and president, of covering up sexual assault claims and retaliating against those who reported them, according to a newspaper report Thursday.
Steve O’Brien, who was fired in March, has filed a tort claim notice - the prerequisite to a lawsuit - with the California State University System, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
O’Brien said he was a victim of retaliation and lost his job because he wouldn’t discipline two employees, including the whistleblower in a sexual assault investigation against an ex-sports medicine director, the Mercury News said. The story was first reported by USA Today.
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Christopher Boscia, O’Brien’s lawyer, told USA Today his client was terminated for exposing the school’s attempt to cover up sexual assault claims against one of its athletic trainers, Scott Shaw. At least 17 female swimmers had come forward with complaints about Shaw, starting in 2009.
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