Lawsuit: Notre Dame Academic Coach Forced Student Athletes to Have Sex With Her Daughter
A female academic coach at the University of Notre Dame has been accused of forcing student athletes to have sex with her daughter, according to court documents.
The coach, who is white, is accused of coercing young, black football and basketball players into having sex with the coach’s daughter, who is also white, alleged a suit filed by one of the students against the woman and the school.
The student claimed the coach started to arrange “sexually and racially motivated” hookups with her daughter when the student sought tutoring lessons during this year’s spring semester, the suit read.
“Immediately, Defendant Jane Roe orchestrated initiated, directed and coordinated a sexually and racially motivated inappropriate and demeaning relationship with Plaintiff John Doe,” the suit, which was filed Friday, read.
The woman allegedly provided condoms, transportation and hotel rooms for academic favors.
The student claimed in the suit that the coach interrogated him about the “nature, frequency and quality of the sexual activities” he had with her daughter, who was also a student at the school.
She would also make “racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess and genitalia,” the suit read.
When the student tried to end his relationship with the woman’s daughter, she tried to get him to convert to Catholicism and said he should seek mental health counseling, according to the suit.
“Said conduct created a sexually and racially hostile educational environment at the University of Notre Dame du Lac,” it continued.
The student, who started at Notre Dame on an academic scholarship in the fall of 2014, also claimed the woman tried to convince him to convert to Catholicism during the five-month relationship.
The woman’s colleague in the school’s psychiatric support services allegedly medicated the student “to keep him passive, cooperative and under control to forestall any exposure of this exploitative and perverse conduct and hostile environment,” the court documents said.
Other student athletes were also targeted by the woman, the suit claimed.
“Defendant Jane Roe has used her position and employment at the University of Notre Dame du Lac to engage in routine and targeted sexual activities against other similarly situated young, African-American, male students, including several academically coach members of the University’s football and basketball teams,” it alleges.
“University administrators and staff knew or should have known of Defendant Jane Roe and her daughter’s inappropriate and demeaning relationships… and failed to take appropriate action,” it continued.
In an email to INSIDE EDITION, the University's Spokesman Paul Browne that the lawsuit was a publicity stunt and called the allegations “unfounded” and “gratuitous.”
"A student complained about the conduct of an employee. Notre Dame investigated the complaint and subsequently terminated the employee. Thereafter a lawyer for the student filed suit for money damages," Browne told IE.
The New York Daily News reported that an internal report it obtained says Notre Dame fired a female academic coach for violating the university’s “values” and its “discrimination harassment policy."
"Let me caution you that allegations were brought by a student, a non student-athlete alone. There are no allegations by student athletes in football, basketball, or otherwise. The New York Daily News is flatly wrong in this regard," Browne told IE.
"As I've said, allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaint are unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to 'student athletes' -- an allegation that is nothing more than cynical attempt to attract publicity," Browne said.
The student wants a jury trial, injunctive relief from Notre Dame and for school officials to honor his scholarship while beginning an independent investigation into his accusations, the suit read.
“The University of Notre Dame du Lac is directly responsible for allowing this harm to befall Plaintiff John Doe,” the suit read. “This failure has caused harm and damages to Plainitff John Doe, his academic and educational career, and potential prospects in the future.”