Justice Dept. Charges Former SJSU Athletic Trainer Shaw

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The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday charged Scott Shaw, the former director of sports medicine and athletic trainer at San Jose State University, with civil rights violations for engaging in sexual misconduct with female student-athletes under the guise of treating them for their injuries.

According to a department release, the charges allege that between 2017 and 2020, the now 54-year-old Shaw violated the civil rights of four students who played on women’s athletics teams by touching their breasts and buttocks without their consent and without a legitimate purpose. Shaw, as a state employee for the California State University system, is further alleged to have acted under color of law when he sexually assaulted the victims.

Shaw faces a maximum of six years in prison if convicted of all counts. However, any sentence following a conviction would be imposed by a court only after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence.

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