Notre Dame Tutor Allegedly Coerced Students Into Having Sex with Daughter: Lawsuit
The tutor allegedly targeted African American students at the Indiana school
A male student at the University of Notre Dame has sued his female tutor, claiming she pressured him into having sex with her daughter, according to a lawsuit obtained by PEOPLE.
The student filed the suit – against the university and the tutor – on Oct. 30. The suit claims the tutor, who is white, was targeting black students. The plaintiff, defendant and her daughter remain unnamed.
According to the suit, the tutor “commanded” her students into having the liaisons and also organized transportation and provided lodging, hotel rooms and condoms for the alleged encounters, which allegedly took place out of state.
The plaintiff started at Notre Dame in 2014 and allegedly sought tutoring with the woman in the spring of 2015. The suit claims that the tutor coerced the student into having sex with her daughter around this time.
After their liaisons, the tutor would allegedly interrogate the student about the “nature, frequency and quality of the sexual activities,” according to the suit. She would even harass the student with “racially-charged comments about his sexual prowess,” the suit states.
The suit claims university staff members were aware of the situation and didn t report anything. It also claims that the tutor was counseled by another university employee who was a friend of the tutor, and that “university personnel sought to medicate plaintiff John Doe to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control to forestall any exposure of this exploitive and perverse conduct and hostile environment.”
The suit also claims that tutor allegedly pressured the victim to converting to Catholicism against his will.
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A written statement to PEOPLE from university spokesman Paul Browne states that on Aug. 26, the student came forward and complained about the tutor’s behavior.
Shortly after, the school hired an outside party to conduct an independent investigation. “Upon conclusion of the investigation and review of its findings, Notre Dame promptly terminated the employee on Oct.5,” the statement reads.
The suit alleges that the tutor targeted the plaintiff and other “similarly situated young, African-American, male students, including several academically coached members of the University’s football and basketball teams.”
But according to Browne’s statement, the plaintiff was never a student-athlete at Notre Dame.
“A number of outlets mistakenly reported that plaintiff was a student-athlete or that student-athletes were among other complainants,” Browne writes. “Neither is true. The sole plaintiff is not now and has never been a Notre Dame student-athlete.”