University of Iowa athletics adviser accused of trading football tickets for sexual favors and touching athletes

Saturday November 10th, 2012

An Iowa athletics department academic adviser resigned after a sexual harassment investigation. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A senior academics adviser for the University of Iowa Athletics Department who resigned this week allegedly provided football tickets and money for sexual favors and inappropriately touched student-athletes, according to documents obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Peter Gray, who resigned Monday, committed a long list of sexual harassment violations according to an internal Iowa investigation. His duties included one-on-one counseling to members of the Iowa men's and women's swimming teams, men's golf team and women's basketball team.

Allegations against Gray, who was employed by the UI Athletics Department from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2002 until Monday, ranged from making sexual comments in a presentation to recruits and their parents to touching a student’s genitals, the six-page internal report says.Gray’s inappropriate behavior was at least observed during his initial employment in the 1990s and persisted through this fall, the document says. Gray also admitted that he had a photograph of male swim team members posing in their swimsuits as a screen saver on his work computer, the document states. Gray’s supervisor also said he saw an inappropriate photo on Gray’s Facebook page and asked him to remove it, the document states.
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