Mt. Lebanon School District knowingly hired a girls volleyball coach in April 2015 who had been banned from school district property over allegations of inappropriate sexual contact years earlier with two varsity volleyball players, four girls and their parents claim in a lawsuit against the district, its athletic director and the coach.
The girls, identified as Jane Doe 1 through 4, claim that Athletic Director John Grogan recruited Brian Begor, 50, of Mt. Lebanon despite warnings from former players, other volleyball coaches and parents.
Begor declined to comment.
The girls are suing under Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sexual discrimination in educational programs.
“The school district has a duty to avoid this kind of stuff,” said Sam Cordes, the lawyer for the four girls and their parents.
Begor passed a state and federal criminal background check and a check conducted by the school district where he was coaching before Mt. Lebanon hired him, Mt. Lebanon School District said in a news release.
No one complained about Begor’s behavior during the volleyball season; when team members complained in October, the district immediately investigated and notified police and a state hotline for reporting child abuse, the statement said.
“The coach was suspended by the district on Nov. 6, 2015, after a preliminary investigation,” the school district said in the statement. “During the investigation, the coach was directed by the high school administration to have no contact with members of the program. The coach tendered his resignation on Nov. 10, 2015.”
Because the district is being sued, it won’t comment further, the statement said.
Begor in 1995 was dismissed as the coach of the club team, Pittsburgh Golden Triangles, and banned from Mt. Lebanon School District property for giving two Mt. Lebanon girls varsity players oil rub-downs and beer and taking them on golf dates, the lawsuit said. No criminal charges have been filed against Begor, according to county court records.
When Mt. Lebanon hired him in 2015, he subjected the girls on the team to sexual behavior that included having them wrestle each other while he taped them, using nicknames that added “-gina” and “-licious” to their first names and frequently grabbing his crotch with one or both hands in front of them, the lawsuit said.
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