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UI Athletics adviser accused of harassing students, trading tickets, money for sexual favors

[ 0 ] November 9, 2012 |

Peter Gray

A senior academics adviser for the University of Iowa Athletics Department who resigned this week allegedly provided football tickets and money for sexual favors and inappropriately touched student-athletes, documents obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen show.

An internal UI investigation turned up a long list of sexual harassment violations by Peter Gray, who stepped down Monday from his post as associate director of Athletic Student Services and director of academic advising and counseling. This semester, his duties included one-on-one counseling to members of the UI women’s basketball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s swimming teams.

Allegations against Gray, who was employed by the UI Athletics Department from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2002 until Monday, ranged from making sexual comments in a presentation to recruits and their parents to touching a student’s genitals, the six-page internal report says.

Gray’s inappropriate behavior was at least observed during his initial employment in the 1990s and persisted through this fall, the document says.

“Several individuals stated that they commented to Dr. Gray and/or brought the information to the attention of a supervisor. Several individuals stated that the touching behavior took place during Dr. Gray’s first employment with the University and has continued from 2002 to the present,” the document, dated Oct. 24, states.

Gray also was found to have inappropriate photographs stored on his work computer, including two that involved individuals engaged in sex acts with toys or stuffed animals, numerous pictures of college-aged individuals posing in swimsuits and a few of individuals dressed in underwear, the document states.

Gray also admitted that he had a photograph of male swim team members posing in their swimsuits as a screen saver on his work computer, the document states. Gray’s supervisor also said he saw an inappropriate photo on Gray’s Facebook page and asked him to remove it, the document states.

Read more of this exclusive story and read the documents on Press-Citizen.com.

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