Lawsuit: HS 'Ignored and Concealed' Coach's Abuse

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The Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District faces a lawsuit by a former student-athlete who alleges school officials concealed sexual abuse perpetrated by University High School water polo coach Bahram Hojreh against female team members.

As reported by The Orange County Registerthe lawsuit also alleges former University High School athletic director Mark Cunningham, now the IUSD athletic director, UHS principal Kevin Astor, and other school officials repeatedly ignored player and parent complaints about Hojreh’s “weird” and “creepy” behavior toward female athletes and violations of district policies prior to the sexual abuse of the former player.

The former player, identified in court filings as Jane Doe, alleges in the suit that she was sexually abused, molested and harassed by Hojreh after he was rehired by the school in 2014. Cunningham and Astor “ignored and concealed the sexual abuse of the Plaintiff and others by Hojreh that had already occurred,” according to the suit, filed this month in Orange County Superior Court.

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