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Notre Dame tutor set up athletes and daughter for sex: suit

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Sunday, November 1, 2015, 12:07 AM

A lawsuit targeting the University of Notre Dame accused an academic coach of arranging sexual rhendevous with students and her daughter.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

A lawsuit targeting the University of Notre Dame accused an academic coach of arranging sexual rhendevous with students and her daughter.

A University of Notre Dame student has accused a female academic coach of coercing young football and basketball players into having sex with her daughter, according to a lawsuit.

The student came forward Friday accusing an unidentified faculty member of orchestrating “sexually and racially motivated” trysts with her daughter by including condoms, transportation and hotel rooms for academic favors.

The defendant is an African-American student while the academic coach is white. Neither the student, coach nor her daughter are identified in court documents filed Friday in Indiana’s St. Joseph Circuit Court.

The student started at Notre Dame on an academic scholarship in the fall of 2014, his attorneys with Anderson, Agostino & Keller wrote in a court filing.

The alleged relationship did not begin until he sought tutoring lessons during this year’s spring semester. Those lessons quickly escalated to out-of-state sexual rendezvous between her daughter and the student.

She would later interrogate him about the “nature, frequency, and quality of the sexual activities” they had, the lawsuit claims, badgering him with “racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess and genitalia.”

He believes the coach was preying on other African-American student athletes as well.

The student’s attorneys have accused the university of fostering a “sexually abusive and hostile educational environment.”

The school maintains its innocence against the allegations, dismissing the lawsuit as “unfounded” and a mere publicity stunt, Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne said.

“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded,” Browne explained in a statement to the South Bend Tribune. “As are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘student athletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attempt to attract publicity.”

It’s not clear if the student notified law enforcement of the sex plot.

The student tried to end his relationship with the employee’s daughter, but she then pressured him to convert to Catholicism and recommended he seek mental health counseling.

The coach’s apparent colleague and friend in the school’s psychiatric support allegedly worked in cahoots to “medicate Plaintiff John Doe to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control,” the documents add.

The student is now demanding a jury trial, injunctive relief from the University of Notre Dame and for school officials to honor his scholarship while handing beginning an independent investigation into his accusations.

nhensley@nydailynews.com


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