90.4 F
College Station
Friday, June 25, 2021

USA Water Polo Pays $14 Million to Settle Lawsuit Involving Sexual Abuse of Girls By Prominent National Coach

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

A settlement was reached last Friday in a lawsuit brought in California state court against USA Water Polo and the International Water Polo Club in California involving allegations that a male coach for the National Team and California club, Bahram Hojreh, had sexually assaulted and abused them during the period 2012 to 2017.

Thirty-plus years in law enforcement experience and close working associations with investigators who deal with these kinds of crimes leads to one simple fact — pedophiles will always gather where they find the easiest access to children that involves the least risk of exposure.  Unsupervised coaching of youth sports is way up near the top of that list.

Hojreh is currently facing 34 counts of sexual abuse involving ten victims, nine of whom were children at the time they were assaulted. The abuse took place during one-on-one coaching sessions with the girls, all of whom aspired to play water polo at the highest levels.  National sports federations like USA Water Polo are responsible for fielding Olympics and other national teams competing internationally on behalf of the United States.

There were 12 girls listed as plaintiffs in the civil suit that was settled.  The $14 million payout will be funded by insurers of USA Water Polo and the International Water Polo Club.

The criminal charges pending against Hojreh include allegations that he committed lewd acts on a child, engaged in sexual penetration with a foreign object, as well as engaging in sexual battery by fraud.  That allegation relates to claims that the victims were not aware they were being molested because Hojreh told them his “touching served a professional purpose.”

USA Water Polo has its headquarters in Irvine, California.  International Water Polo Club is based in Orange County, California.  The lawsuit alleged that both, along with Irvine School District where Hojreh also coached, ignored warning signs of abuse going back as far as 2008.

USA Water Polo was facing civil suits for negligence under California law for failing to act upon reports in the summer of 2017 that Hojreh’s players at the International Club were sexually abusing opposing

Continue reading on RedState

More articles

- Advertisement -

State News

Executive Agency Defies Legislature, Creates ‘Equity’ Office

The Texas Department of State Health Services is using close to $45 million to create the Office of Health Equity Policy and Performance. Purportedly,...

Autopsy Report: Long-Term Care Visitation Rights

Despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s March announcement that he was “opening Texas 100 percent,” Mary Nichols of Texas Caregivers for Compromise says Texas isn’t fully...

Fort Worth Citizens Rally Against Critical Race Theory

On Tuesday, an enthusiastic group of parents, students, and concerned citizens held a patriotic and inclusive rally at the Fireman’s Memorial in Fort Worth...

Edinburg Mayor, City Council Support Outlawing Abortions

Amid growing buzz over changing politics in the Rio Grande Valley, a South Texas mayor and city council expressed unanimous support for declaring Edinburg...

Abbott’s Signals on What Could Be on a Special Session Agenda

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that a special legislative session would take place starting July 8. However, he stopped short of announcing...

Continue reading on RedState