BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) USA Today has released new details regarding their investigation into LSU’s alleged mishandling of numerous cases of sexual misconduct.
Newly obtained documents mentioned in the article indicate the university found LSU’s Associate Athletic Director for Football Recruiting, Sharon Lewis, violated the University’s Title IX policy back in 2018.
The document states the case was closed by the Title IX office and was handed over to LSU’s HR department. It’s unclear if Lewis was ever reprimanded for the incident.
LSU’s website indicates Lewis has since been promoted.
USA Today obtained an email dating back to 2018 from former Athletic Director Joe Alleva confirming LSU was using a “middle man” in the athletic department, Miriam Seger, to decide whether or not to proceed with sexual misconduct allegations.
LSU’s Title IX Policy requires administrators to immediately report any cases of misconduct to the Title IX office.
LSU Spokesman Ernie Ballard responded to the new article with the following statement:
“LSU has hired independent experts to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of past allegations, as well as of our sexual assault reporting protocols. They will have all the records and facts at their disposal which no other entity – including any media outlet – has access to due to privacy laws. Our current administration is committed to righting any wrongs that may have occurred in the past, regardless of how long ago, including taking swift and appropriate action based on the findings of the review.”