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Huntington University cross country coaches on leave after sex assault allegations

Posted at 9:30 AM, Oct 07, 2022

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana university has placed its women's cross country head coach and an assistant on leave after two former runners claimed in a federal lawsuit they were doped and sexually assaulted.

Huntington University, a private, Christian liberal arts university, said Thursday it placed head coach Lauren Johnson and assistant coach Curtis Hines on administrative leave until further notice.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court names as defendants former coach Nicholas Johnson; his wife, current coach Lauren Johnson; assistant coach Curtis Hines; the university; its trustees; and unnamed administrators. The runners allege Nicholas Johnson raped them in 2020.