Another devastating sex abuse scandal has erupted in college sports. This time Syracuse University assistant basketball coach, Bernie Fine, was fired amid allegations that he molested underage boys. This marks the third high profile college sex abuse scandal in 2011. The other two cases, which occurred at Penn State and The Citadel, involved failures by school officials to report the alleged abuse to police.
Employers, such as Universities, may be held liable for sexual abuse committed by their employees. In those types of cases it is important to determine whether the employer knew or reasonable should have known of similar allegations of sexual abuse by its employee or of potential danger, but continued to employ that person or allow him or her access to children.
© Joseph G. Klest, 2011.