UA women's basketball: Assistant coach named in Texas sexual harassment lawsuit

2014-01-03T17:19:00Z 2014-01-03T19:02:04Z UA women's basketball: Assistant coach named in Texas sexual harassment lawsuitArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 03, 2014 5:19 pm  • 

A UA assistant women's basketball coach is being sued by a former player, who alleges that he sexually harassed her during their time at a Texas junior college. 

Sean LeBeauf was hired by the UA in May after leaving his post as head coach and athletic director at Paris Junior College. Before that, LeBeauf served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Southern University for four years (2005-09).  

The complaint, filed by Ebonee Tate against LeBeauf and the college, says that in December 2011, LeBeauf saw the player at a school-sponsored event and began to make romantic gestures toward her, including blowing her a kiss across the gym. The college says the allegations are baseless.

In March 2012, the complaint says, LeBeauf started to send the player suggestive text messages. Tate, who left the program, is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

The complaint, filed Dec. 13, says Tate went to the school’s president, Pam Anglin, to tell her about LeBeauf’s advances and she was told that LeBeauf was “not a threat” and “that (she) should learn to deal with it.”

In 2011 another player said LeBeauf sent her similar text messages and kissed her while in his office, the complaint says. A second teammate left the team in 2011 after LeBeauf “became inappropriate” with her, the complaint states. It goes on to say he sent the player's mother a picture of his genitals.

Paris Junior College issued the following statement to local media today: "These charges are not supported by fact. An independent investigation conducted earlier this year found no basis for the allegations. The school will defend itself in the proper venue." 

A UA spokesman said this afternoon that he is "aware of the report" and gathering information, but had no immediate comment. 

Read more in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star. 

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