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A former Bishop Alemany High School volleyball coach who was implicated in an off-campus hazing incident in 2008 is named in a lawsuit that alleges he sexually molested a member of the his 2016-17 team.

A former Alemany High School volleyball coach who was implicated in an off-campus hazing incident in 2008 is named in a lawsuit that alleges he sexually molested a member of the 2016-17 team.

The plaintiff in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Thursday is identified only as John Doe. He is suing the coach, Jamie Quaglino, the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Mission Hills school.

The suit alleges sexual abuse of a minor, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual battery, sexual harassment, negligent hiring, negligent failure to warn the plaintiff and failure to report suspected child abuse.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

A representative for the archdiocese could not be immediately reached.

Doe is 18 years old. During the 2016-17 school year, when he was 16, Quaglino "showed an interest in plaintiff and began grooming him with the intent of manipulating his emotions," the suit alleged.

Quaglino paid extra attention to Doe and "smacked or pinched him in the buttocks when he came off the volleyball court," the suit said.

Quaglino also sent "personal and intimate text messages" to Doe throughout the day and night, the suit said. The text mes

sages asked Doe whether he was gay and if so, what percentage he was gay, the suit said. The coach also asked the plaintiff if he was going to admit he was gay after he graduated, according to the complaint.

In July 2017, Quaglino sent messages via Snapchat to a former Alemany student in which he asked about the plaintiff's private parts, the suit alleged.

In October 2017, Quaglino inserted the antenna of a walkie-talkie into Doe's buttocks during a volleyball practice session in front of teammates, the suit said.

"Plaintiff was humiliated, in pain and confused about their relationship," the suit said.

In October 2017, the teen confided in his parents about the alleged abuses, according to the suit.

Quaglino was fired in December 2017 for "communication with a student" but was allowed to stay on campus in a supervisory role for at least four weeks, the suit said.

In April 2008, Quaglino was involved in an off-campus hazing incident involving a sex toy and the assault of a minor, the suit said. He resigned as volleyball coach and 11 students were kicked off the team, according to the lawsuit.

"Despite the scandal, Quaglino remained employed by Alemany and later reclaimed his position as the head volleyball coach," the suit said.

The suit also alleged Alemany "has a history of employing teachers convicted of sexual felonies involving minors and improper communication with minor students."

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