A top USA Water Polo official openly verified for the very first time last month that embattled CEO Chris Ramsey and also the company’s top professional athlete security official are under investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for stopping working to report allegations of sexual assault, according to a video acquired by the Southern California Information Team.
USA Water Polo board supervisor Mike Graff’s acknowledgement in a video meeting during the company’s yearly national assembly came three months after the U.S. Center for SafeSport introduced an investigation right into the failure of Ramsey and Christy Sicard, the national regulating body’s elderly director for Safe Sporting activity, to report 2017 sexual assault accusations to police or Kid Safety Solutions as called for by California law and the U.S. Center for SafeSport code.
“Yes, SafeSport is examining Chris Ramsey as well as another team member,” Graff claimed in the video meeting. “Interestingly the problem was filed by the complainants’ attorneys who clearly have hidden agendas.
“Our team believe the problem is without benefit and also it has actually to be handled by SafeSport. When there is an outcome we’ll take whatever action is needed.”
Graff did not specify who the attorneys were he was referring to.
U.S.A. Water Polo did not respond to an ask for remark.
U.S.A. Water Polo has actually been called in several lawsuits associated with the claimed sexual abuse of minor aged ladies by Orange County coach Bahram Hojreh.
The revelation of Graff’s verification comes as Ramsey as well as USA Water Polo, the Irvine-based nationwide regulating body, a tax obligation excluded charitable, face not only the SafeSport examination however a principles probe by the U.S. Olympic and also Paralympic Board.
Ramsey as well as Graff have actually also come under attack from former Olympians, nationwide employee, as well as USA Water Polo board participants, instructors and also officials who have slammed the organization’s handling of sex-related misuse and also other misuse cases and also kept Ramsey existed to a UNITED STATE Senate subcommittee. Greater than 900 individuals have actually signed an on-line application demanding Ramsey and Graff’s removal.
In a Feb. 2, 2018 letter to U.S.A. Water Polo, Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and also Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), the chairman as well as ranking member of an U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating sex-related abuse in American Olympics sporting activities, asked, “What reporting methods for kid and also sexual assault accusations are presently in position to make sure that all records get fair, prompt, and also thorough evaluation by all suitable celebrations, consisting of police?”
“In the event that U.S.A. Water Polo were to obtain a report concerning alleged kid or sexual assault by one of its participants, volunteers, employees, police officers or supervisors, it would quickly alert the appropriate legislation enforcement authority as well as the U.S. Facility for SafeSport,” Ramsey created in reaction to the legislators.
But Ramsey as well as Sicard acknowledged in depositions in 2015 that they did not report 2017 sex-related abuse accusations versus female players trained by Hojreh elevated in the four reports to regulation enforcement or Youngster Safety Providers. Rather they count on the accounts of moms and dads that police had actually been contacted.
A minimum of four records were submitted with USA Water Polo between July 10 and also 14, 2017 that detailed claims or declare that players trained by Hojreh repetitively sexually assaulted girls from at the very least 5 teams during events that summer season by getting or trying to penetrate their vaginal canals.
While UNITED STATES Water Polo officials sent records and also complaints to the UNITED STATE Facility for SafeSport they did not report the cases to police or Child Safety Providers although under The golden state regulation and SafeSport code they are mandated reporters of sexual assault, according to depositions, e-mails, letters and vouched statements acquired by the SCNG.
Hojreh proceeded mentoring at International Water Polo, the Orange Area club, and at Kennedy Secondary School in La Palma till he was apprehended in April 2018 on 22 costs ranging from sexual battery, salacious show a specific under 14, and sexual infiltration of a small with a foreign object, according to detain records and court filings.
He was not outlawed for life from the sport by the U.S. Facility for SafeSport till Feb. 14, 2019, 10 months after his apprehension and also 20 months after U.S.A. Water Polo obtained the initial allegations regarding Hojreh as well as IWP as well as sexual assault.
Hojreh apparently proceeded sexually abusing at the very least a dozen underage women he trained between July 2017, when the first grievances regarding the instructor as well as IWP were sent to U.S.A. Water Polo, and also his April 2018 arrest, according to police records, court declaring, and interviews.
Hojreh has actually continuously rejected any kind of wrongdoing. He has actually begged innocent to the criminal fees.
While the UNITED STATE Facility for SafeSport took jurisdiction over the 2017 examination, UNITED STATES Water Polo authorities, regardless of the seriousness of the allegations, took no steps to act versus Hojreh, location Hojreh and IWP under greater analysis or make any kind of effort to recognize the girls purportedly sexually assaulted or attempt or offer help to them. IWP trained at the Joint Forces Educating Base in Los Alamitos which was likewise the longtime residence of the UNITED STATE Olympic and also national groups.
“Has– have– has your office or anyone at your instructions embarked on to determine the names as well as identities of the girls that have made allegations against Mr. Hojreh?” Ramsey was asked throughout an August 31 deposition.
“We have not,” he responded.
“Has USA Water Polo done anything to try to aid those girls at all about the allegations that they’re making against Mr. Hojreh?,” Ramsey was asked.
“Not that I’m aware of,” Ramsey claimed.