FBI charges train San Jose State athletic trainer with sexual assault

A former top San Jose State University athletic trainer accused of sexual misconduct toward nearly two dozen female athletes during his nearly 15-year tenure at the school was charged Thursday with civil rights violations connected to at least four of those women.

Scott Shaw, 54, allegedly touched four female athletes beneath their underwear, massaging their breasts and buttocks, under the guise of treatment and without their permission, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday. The agency said the incidents occurred between 2017 and 2020.

“Shaw, as a state employee for the California State University system, is further alleged to have acted under color of law when he sexually assaulted the victims,” ​​the press release stated.

The criminal charges against Shaw only cover the abuse from the last five years, which an FBI spokesman told USA TODAY was due to the statute of limitations expiring in the cases of the other women.

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