NY softball coach charged with sexual assault

By Tyrone Townsend, Staff Writer

Late last week, a college women’s softball coach was accused of both sexually harassing his players, and of offering them careers in the adult film industry.

Three softball players at Nyack College in New York City sued the school because it failed to protect them from the advances of former coach Kurt Ludwigsen. Ludwigsen allegedly made inappropriate comments and advances towards the players.

The advances included directing the players to sit on his lap and Ludwigsen lying on top of them, among a host of other actions. The 44-year-old Ludwigsen also brought in adult film actress Allie Haze in attempt to sway them towards a career in her industry.

The suits also alleged Ludwigsen was under a similar criminal investigation in California and Nyack hired him anyway. He is charged with 7 counts of felony coercion, 94 counts of sexual harassment, and 94 counts of forcible touching.

The players, who chose to remain anonymous, filed separate lawsuits describing individual acts of harassment throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

Fox Sports reported: “The lawsuits sought damages under federal laws against sexual discrimination in schools as well as common-law claims against Ludwigsen and Nyack College for battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring, negligent supervision and negligent retention.”

So far, Ludwigsen has pleaded not guilty and his attorney, David Goldstein, has not commented on the lawsuits.