Texas Tech University soccer coach Matt Wells is pushing back on a suit alleging he failed to research a participant accused of repeated sexual assaults in Utah State University while Wells served as trainer there.
Wells, who combined Tech this past year, isn’t named as a suspect in the federal litigation, which was filed Nov. 1 from Utah State. Wells has been Utah State’s head football coach from 2013 to 2018.
“While I followed Utah State processes, I’m deeply saddened because of the harm suffered by these girls,” Wells said in a statement Friday. He added that it had been still another university office’s duty to check into the accusations and it might have been”entirely wrong for me to have done so.”
The suit, first reported by the Deseret News at Salt Lake City and from the Daily Beast, alleges Utah State didn’t research numerous complaints regarding the participant Torrey Green, who had been found guilty at January of sexually assaulting six girls, such as the person who filed the federal lawsuit. Green is currently serving a prison sentence of 26 years.
The litigation was filed by a lady who attended Utah State and states she had been mistreated by Green in August 2015. The criticism suggests at least three other female students had been attacked by Green, and one had reported it to the college, before she had been assaulted.
“As a result of Utah State’s inaction and willful indifference,” Green’s pattern of sexual assaults continued,” the suit claims, and the prosecution had been”eventually sexually attacked and raped.” The Texas Tribune doesn’t typically name victims.
The plaintiff told the college about her attack at October 2016.
Two additional girls Green has been convicted of attacking also have sued Utah State, based on media reports.
Between 2013 and 2015, at least four accounts alleging sexual assault committed by Green had been delivered into the university, adding to its Title IX division, which enforces nondiscrimination and sexual misconduct policies, according to the lawsuit.
Wells had a meeting with Green and yet another university officer in January (**********************************************),” according to the lawsuit. Wells and another official”contested Green about allegations of rape” However, the accusations weren’t researched and Green wasn’t penalized, according to the suit.
He was”never excruciating, was not eliminated from campus… and has been allowed to graduate in May of 2016,” the lawsuit states. He signed an NFL contract with the Atlanta Falcons in April of this season but was released while the attack allegations came to light,” according to the lawsuit.
Wells stated in his announcement that Green”had finished his mature [football] year in 2015″ until he attended the meeting .
“I’m aware I have a duty to report any potential Title IX issues,” Wells said, speaking to the national gender-equity law. “It’s the Title IX Office’s duty to investigate an allegation, therefore it might have been utterly wrong for me to have done so.”
Texas Tech University officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
A Utah State spokesperson also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. However, in a statement issued to other information organizations, the college both confessed to errors and throw doubt on the merits of this litigation.
“USU has openly recognized it fell short in a number of ways in fixing sexual assaults on campus at the Torrey Green instance, and we’re continuing to tackle those university-wide systemic issues. … This litigation, however, since registered, is based on innumerable erroneous assumptions, misrepresents how universities can address sexual assaults, also contains a range of blatant grammatical mistakes and multiple deadline mistakes,” the university told other press outlets.
Utah State initiated a third party investigation in to how it managed sexual assault reports that discovered”egregious defects” stemming, in part, from inadequate policies and worker coaching, the lawsuit states. The college stated at 2016 it might make modifications depending on the question’s recommendations.
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