Harvard University has placed its head diving coach on leave after a federal lawsuit accused him of sexual misconduct while working for an Indiana diving camp.

The class-action lawsuit alleges that Chris Heaton, 31, solicited nude photographs from young female athletes at an Indiana diving school. Heaton, not one of the defendants of the suit, allegedly sent photos of his penis to female athletes while at the Ripfest Diving Camp in Indiana in 2015.

Fifty women are listed as defendants, all but one are listed as Jane Does.

“Harvard University was unaware of any allegations of sexual misconduct when Mr. Heaton was hired as the Head Coach for Diving in August 2018,” Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said in a statement. “Upon learning of these allegations from media reports, Harvard immediately placed Mr. Heaton on leave, pending a review of these allegations by Harvard University.”


By Regina Freitas