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The University of Colorado has hired attorneys who specialize in institutional response to sexual violence and gender-based harassment to review the university's handling of domestic violence allegations against a former assistant football coach.
According to the Daily Camera, Leslie Gomez and Gina Maisto Smith will be examining the case of Joe Tumpkin, whose ex-girlfriend complained to CU head coach Mike MacIntyre in Deceember that Tumpkin had abused her repeatedly over two years. Tumpkin was allowed to call defensive plays in the Buffalo's Dec. 29 appearance in the Alamo Bowl. He was suspended by the athletic department on Jan. 6 and asked to resign on Jan. 27. On Feb. 1, he was arrested and later charged with five felony counts of second-degree assault.
"We are looking at what occurred and when, if our policies were violated, or whether those policies should be modified to better explain the reporting (requirements)," CU Board of Regents Chair Irene Griego said in a prepared statement during the regents' meeting Friday.
For reasons unrelated to Tumpkin, Gomez and Smith in September 2013 conducted an external audit of CU's sexual harassment and sexual assault policies and procedures, as well as its compliance with Title IX. At that time, the attorneys made several recommendations for how the Boulder campus could improve its sexual misconduct policies and procedures, and CU leaders followed through on many of those recommendations, according to the Daily Camera.
The university created the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance on the Boulder campus in 2014 and several new positions therein since, and also recently revised its system-wide sexual misconduct policy.
The new investigation will look at how chancellor Phil DiStefano, athletic director Rick George and MacIntyre responded when the allegations against Tumpkin came to light. On Thursday, DiStefano said he didn't report the allegations because he didn't think he was required to do so, based on his reading of university policy.
A recent investigation by Gomez and Smith of Baylor University's response to claims of sexual assault by football players led to the firing of head coach Art Briles, the suspension of BU's athletic director of the demotion of its president.
On Friday, two former employees of the Madisonville, Ky., area Franco’s Athletic Club were arrested on charges of racketeering, theft, identity theft and money laundering.
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Three former elite American gymnasts came forward publicly to tell their stories of sexual abuse by a former team doctor to 60 Minutes on Sunday.
Jamie Dantzscher, Jeanette Antolin and Jessica Howard told of abuse by Larry Nassar, a longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of women and girls.
Nassar is in federal custody in Michigan and has denied any wrongdoing.
The three former gymnasts spoke publicly for the first time about the alleged abuse.
Dantzscher and Antolin had previously filed lawsuits against Nassar and USA Gymnastics as Jane Doe plaintiffs.
Dantzscher was a member of the 2000 team that won a bronze medal in the Sydney Olympics. A member of the national team from 1994 to 2001, she also competed in the 1999 world championships. Antolin competed in the 1999 worlds and was part of the national team from 1995 to 2000. Both gymnasts went on to compete at UCLA, where they helped the Bruins win three national titles in four years.
Howard was a three-time national champion in rhythmic gymnastics, winning the title in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
The women described what they said Nassar told them was a form of treatment.
Dantzscher's lawsuit was filed in September and is one of two suits filed in California that allege Nassar would "digitally penetrate Plaintiff's vagina in order to adjust her bones. This 'intravaginal adjustment' was done without gloves, lubricant, and/or a chaperone" and was done for Nassar's sexual gratification.
Antolin's lawsuit, filed last month, alleges Nassar used the guise of care to "fondle and grope Plaintiff's feet, ankles, thighs, buttocks, hips, waist and neck." It states that Nassar touched her vaginal area and perineum without gloves and for his own sexual gratification.
"It was treatment," Antolin said on the program. "You don't complain about treatment."
John Manly, the women's attorney, also represents 25 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit against Nassar, Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and Twistars, a Michigan gymnastics club.
USA Gymnastics said last week that it hired an investigator after learning of athletes' concerns about Nassar in June 2015. Five weeks later, the investigator recommended USA Gymnastics notify law enforcement. USA Gymnastics contacted the FBI and removed Nassar from further assignments.
In November, the Michigan attorney general charged Nassar with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13.
In December, Nassar was indicted on two federal charges related to child pornography. Prosecutors added a third charge last week, saying Nassar attempted to destroy some of the 37,000 images and videos the FBI found on his hard drives.
At least 40 women and girls are suing Michigan State related to alleged abuse by Nassar during his time at the university.
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