Former San Jose State University Athletic Trainer Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of Female Athletes

Former San Jose State head athletics trainer Scott Shaw.

Former San Jose State University athletic trainer, Scott Shaw, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for sexually abusing female athletes under the guise of providing medical treatment. The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed the sentencing on Tuesday. Shaw, 56, was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release, pay a $15,000 fine, and provide restitution to be determined at a later date.

Shaw pleaded guilty to two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law as part of a plea agreement. He admitted to violating the civil rights of four students by touching their breasts and buttocks without their consent and without a legitimate medical purpose between 2017 and 2020.

Shaw served as the university’s director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer from 2008 until August 2020. He voluntarily left the university in 2020 and is currently collecting a state pension.

The sentencing comes 14 years after 17 swimmers initially came forward with allegations of inappropriate touching by Shaw during treatment sessions. An internal investigation conducted by the university’s human resources department in 2010 cleared Shaw, allowing him to continue working with female athletes. However, the scandal resurfaced in 2020 when swim coach Sage Hopkins brought attention to the allegations outside the university.

The recent allegations led to the resignation of the university president and athletic director, as well as over $5 million in legal settlements for more than two dozen victims. The more recent allegations were the only ones that fell within the five-year statute of limitations.

In a sentencing memorandum, Shaw’s attorneys argued for a maximum sentence of one year in prison, stating that their client is unlikely to re-offend and does not pose a threat to society. Shaw, in a letter to the court, apologized to the four victims involved in the case and took full responsibility for his actions. He denied any sexual gratification or romantic advances towards the athletes.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division emphasized that this sentence should serve as a message that public school officials who exploit their positions of authority to sexually abuse and harass students will face serious consequences.

Author: CrimeDoor

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