© 2024 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Claims Against Ohio State Diving Club Dismissed From Lawsuit

Ohio State swim cap in pool.
Ohio State Buckeyes Swiming and Diving

The Ohio State University Diving Club is being dropped as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by female divers who say they were sexually abused and exploited by a former diving coach.

A federal lawsuit filed in July accused Will Bohonyi of coercing and forcing divers into frequent sex, in exchange for continued involvement in the sport.

Bohonyi remains a defendant in the class-action lawsuit, which accuses USA Diving of not taking appropriate action to stop him from coaching.

An attorney for the divers didn't immediately respond to a message seeking detail about the dismissal Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the Ohio State Diving Club asked the court to dismiss the claims against it. Ohio State says it notified police and USA Diving of misconduct allegations against Bohonyi in 2014. The school launched its own investigation and promptly fired him.

Indianapolis-based USA Diving placed Bohonyi on its list of banned coaches in 2015.

Ohio State reopened a complaint against Bohonyi this January at the request of a former diver, and is working with Franklin County prosecutors on that investigation.

USA Diving hasn't commented on the lawsuit. Bohonyi hasn't responded to attempts to reach him for comment.