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Report: Suit alleges sexual harassment by UA assistant coach against player at previous school

Sean LeBeauf (Source: Arizona Athletics) Sean LeBeauf (Source: Arizona Athletics)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A complaint alleging sexual harassment has been filed against a University of Arizona women's basketball assistant coach, according to the website Deadspin.

According to the story posted Friday afternoon, Sean LeBeauf, a first-year assistant under Niya Butts, is accused of harassing a player at Paris Junior College when he was the head coach and athletic director at the Paris, Texas school.

The alleged victim filed the complaint Dec. 13, stating that LeBeauf sexually harassed her multiple times then intimidated her and threatened to revoke her scholarship.

She also claims that despite going to the school's president, her complaint wasn't taken seriously.

LeBeauf was hired at Arizona last May. He was at Paris JC for four years.

Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne sent us a statement stating: 

"The Department of Athletics recently became aware of a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas naming Sean LeBeauf, Paris Junior College and other persons associated with Paris Junior College for incidents alleged to have occurred prior to his employment at the University of Arizona.  The lawsuit does not involve the university and it would be inappropriate for us to comment about the suit.  The University of Arizona has received no complaints about Sean LeBeauf and he continues to serve in his capacity as an assistant coach."

On Sunday, Paris Junior College issued this statement: 

"These charges are not supported by fact. An independent investigation conducted earlier this year found no basis for the allegations. The school will defend itself in the proper venue."

Deadspin is the website that broke the story about Notre Dame football player Mantei Te'o.

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