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Student sues University of Evansville, accuses ex-men's basketball coach Walter McCarty of rape

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A former University of Evansville student who says she was sexually assaulted by former men’s basketball coach Walter McCarty is suing the university, saying it failed to provide a safe environment.

The federal lawsuit was filed Monday by well-known victim’s rights attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel, who has represented sexual abuse survivors in high-profile cases against Michigan State University and the U.S. Olympic Committee over convicted rapist and former doctor Larry Nassar.

McCarty was fired Jan. 21, 2020, after fewer than two years on the job and amid a university investigation over allegations of sexual impropriety. Neither he nor UE has publicly commented on that investigation. 

The former student, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, is described by attorneys as a former UE athletic trainer. She alleges McCarty sent her inappropriate messages on Instagram, Snapchat and text, which escalated to him pressuring her to visit his home.



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