Lawyer: Former diving coach could have more victims

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One day after news broke of a class action lawsuit alleging former OSU diving coach Will Bohonyi had sex with 2 underage divers, a lawyer for the alleged victims says they aren’t the only ones.

“We believe there are multiple we know of absolutely 1 or 2 more but we believe there are multiple victims,” said Steve Este.

Speaking to NBC4 from his office in California, lawyer Steve Este said he’s personally spoken to 3 victims so far but 1 of them is fearful to add her name to the lawsuit.

“At this point, the victim does not want to come forward because she’s still involved in the sport and she doesn’t want to suffer repercussions,” said Este.

Este also questioned OSU’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Bohonyi even if his client, a minor at the time, decided not to pursue a university investigation.

NBC4 obtained that investigative file. It states “A number of sources to the aquatics administration on August 10, 2014” reported “a 17-year-old member of The Ohio State diving club” has been in a consensual/sexual relationship with Bohonyi.

The report also spells out that text and snapchat correspondence between the 2 from June 2014 until August 2014 totalled 700 text exchanges.

According to OSU’s case report 1 of the victims told OSU investigators that her relationship with Bohonyi began as flirtatious but became more romantic starting in July 2014 when she said the relationship also turned sexual.

The report indicates the complainant told investigators Bohonyi influenced her enough to change her story but “after thinking about it decided to be forthright with the truth.”

For his part, Bohonyi denied physical contact with the victim according to the report, but acknowledged asking her for revealing photos to help with her workouts and claimed texts between the two were merely “a joke” and “not a representation of real life” before telling investigators the relationship was a “fantasy” and that nothing physical occurred.

Este said OSU dropped the ball by merely firing Bohonyi.

“That’s crazy because A minor doesn’t dictate whether a perpetrator is prosecuted so still looking into that and hopefully we can find out more as we go along,” said Este.

Through a written statement, OSU said it has reopened its investigation. The Franklin County prosecutor’s office is also investigating to determine if charges will be filed. NBC4 has reached out to Will Bohonyi multiple times but so far hasn’t heard back.

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