The Penn State sex abuse scandal awakened universities across the nation and prompted them to re-examine their own abuse reporting policies, and the University of Wisconsin system was no different. But now officials in Madison have a specific target: a top athletic official who was accused of sexual assault after an incident at a Rose Bowl party.
The associate athletic director was put on administrative leave Jan. 6 and resigned the same day as a result of the allegations by a male student employee. According to a report by a Dane County Circuit Court judge asked to investigate the incident, the accused athletic director threw a party in his Los Angeles hotel room for university staff and employees on Dec. 30, complete with alcohol bought with athletic department funds.
In the early-morning hours, he asked a student employee to stay and have a drink with them. The student said that drink led to a few more, and that both men were drunk but coherent. The athletic director made a comment about thinking the student was gay before he reached over and put his hands inside the student's pants, according to the report. The student slapped his hand away and when the athletic director asked what he was going to do about it, said, "I could have you fired."
Since the athletic director's resignation, new allegations of sexual assault have come to light from a different man, though exactly what happened wasn't clear from the university chancellor's statement about it. The chancellor only said that campus police have launched a full investigation and that anyone with information on any inappropriate conduct by the athletic director was urged to come forward.
Although the athletic director reportedly tried to gloss over the Rose Bowl incident by saying he was just "joking around," reports of sexual abuse by school officials are not taken lightly, nor are their consequences. If you're investigated for such a crime, the sooner you begin building a strong defense against the allegations, the better.
Source: Washington Post, "More accusations surface against former Wisconsin athletic director," The Associated Press, Feb. 6, 2012