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Former Ohio State diver speaks out about sexual abuse by former coach

COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- A former diver with the Ohio State Diving Club is speaking out about alleged sexual abuse by a former diving coach.

Eszter Pryor appeared on the Megyn Kelly Today show Tuesday and described the relationship that developed in 2014 with coach Will Bohonyi.

“It became sexual very fast - within a week,” Pryor said.

Pryor, a graduate of New Albany High School, said she had invested her life into the sport of diving. It had become her identity.

“I was known as Estee Pryor the diver and when this happened my identity was changed because somebody like him had such an effect on me and such an effect on this community that he changed it,” Pryor said.

Pryor is the named plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed earlier this month against Bohonyi, Ohio State University and USA Diving - the governing body for the sport. The lawsuit alleges that there are multiple victims who were sexually abused by Bohonyi.

Pryor says she was 16 in 2014 when she was pressured into a sexual relationship with Bohonyi while they were both with the Ohio State Diving Club.

Another female diver reported the relationship to the head coach.

An administrative investigation by Ohio State resulted in Bohonyi being fired.

“I knew I could say anything to Ohio State Human Resources - so I did,” Pryor said. “I told them the whole story. I wanted to be vindicated.”

A police investigation was opened but later dropped when Pryor decided not to pursue it. Pryor says that even then, Bonhonyi was manipulating her.

“He was coaching me what to say and what not to say,” Pryor said.

But Pryor’s attorney, Robert Allard says that’s not good enough.

“The only thing they did is quietly terminate him,” Allard told Megyn Kelly. “He kept coaching. He kept having access to minors. There was nothing done to stop him. The only thing they did was protect their own image by getting rid of the bad guy. But as far as releasing a predator into the community - that’s what they’re guilty of.”

A spokesman for Ohio State says the university provided all information about the allegations to both law enforcement and Franklin County Children’s Services at the time.

At Eszter Pryor’s request, a police investigation was reopened earlier this year. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says his office is working with OSU police to determine if criminal charges are warranted.


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