The former director of sports medicine at San Jose State University was sentenced to two years in prison for groping female student-athletes who were seeking medical care, reports Phil Helsel for NBC News. Scott Shaw pleaded guilty in August to two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law as part of a plea agreement.
Shaw admitted to touching the breasts and buttocks of four student-athletes without a medical reason and without their consent. Six student-athletes testified during a trial in July on six counts, but it ended in a deadlocked jury and a mistrial was declared. In a letter to the judge, Shaw apologized to the four women he groped. He wrote that he did not explain what he had planned to do and did not get their informed consent, but denied it was sexual. Shaw had been investigated in 2010, but an investigator determined the claims were unsubstantiated. Federal authorities found that the university retaliated against two people, one of whom repeatedly alerted school officials about a trainer.