Diver Eszter Pryor Claims She Was Sexually Abused by Ohio State Assistant Coach Starting at Age 16
Pryor spoke to Inside Edition about the allegations.
A former competitive diver says she was just 16 years old when her coach started abusing her.
Eszter Pryor says she had dreams of Olympic glory and wanted to join the ranks of world class divers. She made it to trials for the U.S. Olympic team when she was only 13.
Three years later, she earned a spot with the prestigious Ohio State University diving club, where she says assistant coach William Bohonyi immediately paid special attention to her.
He sent her a text message that read, "I’m interested in a girl whose name begins with the letter 'E.'" A photo of his private parts allegedly followed, and she says he asked her to reciprocate.
She said he asked for “too many” nude photos and then the texting turned into one-on-one meetings.
"It wasn't just sex," she claimed. "It was much worse than that."
She added that Bohonyi was “a monster in disguise.”
Pryor said she felt forced into the encounters because her coach had power over her diving career.
“I really felt that everything I invested my time into — diving, my name — that would be lost,” she said.
A teammate’s father learned about the relationship and notified Ohio State University.
Now 21, Pryor is suing the coach, USA Diving and the Ohio State University Diving Club.
"[The coach] preyed on her age, vulnerability, and dreams of becoming an Olympian ... to make her believe she was required to sexually service him,” the lawsuit says.
The university tells Inside Edition that it "does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind," noting that the coach was fired after a two-week investigation.
USA Diving placed the coach on a banned coaches list.
Pryor's lawyer, Robert Allard, says parents have to be careful.
"Don’t put blind faith in organizations to whom you entrust the care of your children," he said.
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