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Woman Sues TCU for Alleged Gang Rape

•  Ethics     updated  2008/10/14 09:23


Three football players at Texas Christian University drugged andgang-raped a freshman and the college covered it up because they areathletes, the woman claims in Tarrant County Court. She says theplayers fed her drug-laced Gatorade, gang raped her, and when shereported it, TCU's sexual harassment officer told her "that it would be'a lot easier for (her)' if she just kept quiet."
    The woman,who now lives in another state, says TCU "recruit(s) student athleteswith criminal anti-social backgrounds," fails to train its athleticstaff on how to deal with them, fails to protect women from thepredators, and has a policy of covering up for the miscreants: "to wit:having a counselor encourage a victim to refrain from reporting herattack".
    She says the athletes lured her to an apartment underthe pretext of paying a debt, fed her Gatorade laced with Rohypnol,then "took turns" raping her, infecting her permanently with herpes.The alleged rapists/defendants are Virgil Taylor, Lorenzo Labell Jones,and Shannon Monroe Behling.
    Plaintiff K.S. says TCU's "sexual harassment officer" Susan Adams played a key role in the cover-up.
    "SusanAdams furthered the objectives of TCU, by covering up the evidence ofcriminal behavior of its miscreant athletes," the complaint states."Defendants 'knew these guys were bad apples' - including a warrant outfor Jones' arrest for another assault and battery - prior to her rape,and had had them under investigation for some time without takingsafeguards to protect K.S., and/or other similarly situated students."
    She claims TCU has a policy of "'turning a blind eye' to prior similar misconduct by athletes."
    K.S.also sued Texas Christian University, its Chancellor Victor BoschiniJr., Provost Nowell Donovan, Dean of Admissions Ray Brown, AthleticsDirector Daniel Morrison, head football coach Gary Patterson, headbasketball coach Neil Dougherty, director of athletics compliance KyleBrennan, Kelly Center Coordinator Gayle (Gay) Boydston, and sexualharassment officer Susan Adams.
    K.S. is represented by L. Todd Kelly of Houston.

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