Woman Claims Kent State Officials Ignored Rape Allegation

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A former softball player and current student at Kent State University in Ohio has sued her coach and the school, claiming they engaged in a cover-up and failed to follow federal guidelines after she reported being raped by the coach’s son.

Laura Kesterson’s lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court alleges she was raped by then-coach Karen Linder’s son in December 2012. The lawsuit says she told Karen Linder about the attack in May 2014 and a university official in August 2015. Kesterson’s attorney says she didn’t report the attack to police.

The lawsuit alleges that Linder didn’t report the allegation to the university, and school officials didn’t follow its procedures. Linder resigned in August 2015.

Linder didn’t return messages Tuesday. A Kent State spokesman declined to comment about the lawsuit.