Former Carmel swimmer sues school district, motel in sexual exploitation case

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CARMEL, Ind. — A new lawsuit claims the Carmel Clay School District failed to protect a student from sexual assault.

Last year, swim coach John Goelz pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and was sentenced to more than 16-years in prison. In a Title IX lawsuit filed Wednesday the victim, who was a student at the time, claims the district received warnings that Goelz had acted inappropriately with female swimmers, but failed to take action.

The lawsuit goes on to claim Carmel’s head coach Chris Plumb failed to report the allegations to authorities. The lawsuit says the victim was raped on multiple occasions including one time at a Red Roof Inn.

The victim is also suing the motel chain, saying its employees should have been trained to prevent and report child sex crimes. The lawsuit seeks damages from all the defendants.

The school district issued a statement about the lawsuit saying:

“We have been advised that a lawsuit has been filed but we have not been served with a copy of it by the court.  For this reason, we cannot speak to the specifics of the case.  We will follow the legal process to appropriately respond to the claims.”

A representative from Red Roof Inn also provided a statement.

“In light of the fact that this is pending litigation, Red Roof is unable to comment or discuss specifics of the case.”

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