Assistant Cheer Coach at Utah State Arrested For Sexual Battery
Police in Price have arrested the assistant cheer coach at Utah State University Eastern based on allegations that he sexually assaulted several members of the school’s cheer squad. 23-year-old Tucker Anderson was arrested on September 28 and faces eight counts of sexual battery.
According to investigators, the women say that Anderson touched them inappropriately. Police also say that after Price was read his Miranda Rights, he admitted to some of his actions and said his “intentions were not to cause harm.”
On September 20, the women from the cheer team reported Anderson to the university’s police department. Anderson was fired by the university almost one week before the women reported him to the police.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of University Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is an attorney who focuses on helping survivors of sexual assault get the answers, support, and justice they deserve. We’ve asked him for some input into the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by university staff members:
It’s no secret that America’s colleges and universities have a widespread sexual violence problem. While we regularly see stories of student-on-student cases of sexual assault, there are also incidents involving coaches, doctors, and other university employees. When a student is sexually assaulted on campus, we must make sure they get the support they need and hold the perpetrator responsible for their actions.
Additionally, we should consider whether the school was negligent in a way that failed to prevent the assault. For example, some universities may try to cover up sexual assault committed by staff or high-profile student-athletes, fail to report allegations to the authorities, allow student-athletes with histories of sexual misconduct to transfer to the school, etc. When a campus sexual assault could have been prevented if it weren’t for university negligence, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted on a university campus and would like to learn more about your legal options, we recommend speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.