Whistleblower in OSU dive club sexual assault case speaks out exclusively to FOX 45 News
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of two woman against The Ohio State University Diving Club, USA Diving Inc., and assistant coach Will Bohonyi. One of the women accused Bohonyi of forcing her to “engage in sexual acts” when she was younger than 18 back in 2014.
University of Tennessee diver and former Ohio State Club diver Rachel Rubadue was a teammate of the woman in 2014.
“She is my old teammate and she actually came up to me at practice and sort of told me what was going on,” said Rubadue.
The woman also said the university was aware of hundreds of photos showing her engaged in sex acts with the coach. Rubadue said the allegations weren't a surprise and that she'd heard similar rumors about Bohonyi.
“Honestly, I wasn’t too surprised,” added Rubadue.
She said Bohonyi had sent her sexualized remarks and pictures over social media.
“When he would Snapchat me send me pictures I was like, I don’t even know how to deal with that,” said Rubadue. “I felt sort of embarrassed. I wasn’t even sure what to do.”
She then decided to tell her parents what her teammate told her. Her dad confronted Dohonyi at the USA Diving Jr. Nationals Competition, demanding him to tell Head Coach John Applewood about the rumors.
“He knew this could get him into trouble, even the weird snapchats or text messages,” said Rubadue. “Even that is inappropriate and we were all 16 or 17 at the time, he should have known better.”
Rubadue said she feels bad for the divers who are now coming forward.
“I don’t think any of those divers are deserving of this. Because they want to be there to dive, they want to be there to do what they love to do,” said Rubadue.
One of the divers requested the case be closed back in 2014 after Bohonyi was fired, but it was reopened in January. At this point, no criminal charges have been filed against Bohonyi. FOX 45's Bryn Caswell reached out to Bohonyi Wednesday, but hasn't heard anything back.