Sexual abuse complaint filed against Olympian

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2002

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- University of Utah police are investigating a complaint by a Winter Games volunteer alleging she was sexually assaulted by an Olympic athlete.

Police would not release the names of the volunteer or the athlete, saying only that a 22-year-old Brigham Young University student filed the complaint Monday against an Alpine skier who lived at the Olympic Village on the University of Utah campus.

University police detective Mike McPharlin said Thursday that the case is being investigated as forcible sexual abuse, a lesser crime than attempted rape. No charges have been filed.

The woman told police that she met the skier Feb. 25 during a dance at the Athlete's Village night club, then went to his room with him. She said the athlete exposed himself and tried to have sex with her despite her protests. The woman said she fled when a person entered the adjacent room.

''Her explanation for the delay is, 'I didn't even know it was a crime,''' McPharlin said. ''And she's in denial. Those were her words.''



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