Former San Jose State trainer charged with sexually assaulting student-athletes

The criminal charges only cover abuses from the past five years because of a statute of limitations though they may have occurred for more than two decades.

A former top San Jose State University athletic trainer accused of sexual misconduct toward nearly two dozen female athletes during his nearly 15-year tenure at the school was charged Thursday with civil rights violations connected to at least four of those women.

Scott Shaw, 54, allegedly touched four female athletes beneath their undergarments, massaging their breasts and buttocks, under the guise of treatment and without their permission, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. The agency said the incidents occurred between 2017 and 2020.

“Shaw, as a state employee for the California State University system, is further alleged to have acted under color of law when he sexually assaulted the victims,” the press release stated.

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