An Orange County water polo coach continued to coach and allegedly sexually assault underage athletes for months after USA Water Polo, the sport’s Huntington Beach-based national governing body, received complaints of alleged sexual assaults by the coach’s club team, according to a document from a lawsuit obtained by the Southern California News Group.
Bahram Hojreh continued coaching at International Water Polo, a Los Alamitos-based USA Water Polo-sanctioned club, for six months after USA Water Polo and the organization’s regional association received allegations in July 2017 that club players were sexually assaulting players on other teams during games using “techniques” Hojreh taught them.
A lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court Monday alleges that USA Water Polo, International Water Polo and officials for the regional association did not thoroughly investigate the allegations or report them to the proper authorities enabling Hojreh to continue sexually assaulting underage athletes for at least another six months.
“Despite such notification of sexually inappropriate behavior in tournaments in July 2017, Hojreh was not reported and arrested until April 2018,” the suit states. “Had USA Water Polo and International Water Polo and the Southern Pacific Zone of USA Water Polo conducted an investigation including a interview of the players accused … it would have been determined that Hojreh was sexually assaulting, abusing and molesting the players under the guise of ‘teaching’ them the moves wherein they grope and assault other players as a technique.”
, USA Water Polo chief executive Christopher Ramsey told the Orange County Register in April.
The suit alleges that Hojreh began sexually assaulting a female player beginning when she was 15 or 16.
Hojreh , an Irvine resident, was , including lewd acts upon a child, sexual penetration of a minor with a foreign object, child annoyance and sexual battery.
Hojreh was continuing to coach at International Water Polo at the time of the arrest.
Prosecutors allege that between September 2014 to January 2018; Hojreh touched players’ breasts and genitals, digitally penetrating victims, and coercing girls to touch his genitals. The acts took place during one-on-one coaching sessions between Hojreh and the players, four of whom were 15 years old or younger at the time.
Hojreh has denied any wrong doing.