UI Athletics Department official accused of sexual harassment, trading tickets for sexual pictures

A University of Iowa Athletics Department official who resigned this week has been accused of inappropriately touching student-athletes and trading tickets for sexual favors, according to documents obtained by the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

According to the UI’s internal investigation, Peter Gray — who resigned from his position as the department’s Associate Director of Student Services on Monday — violated the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment.

The report said Gray made comments of sexual nature to prospective student-athletes and their parents and kept sexual images on his work computer.

“The effect of such behavior is that staff members and students are uncomfortable in their interactions with Dr. Gray and in some cases, staff members have requested not to work with him,” the report said, according to the Press-Citizen.

The report detailed Gray’s alleged inappropriate touching of student-athletes, saying it included unsolicited rubbing/massaging of shoulders, patting and rubbing the back, hugging, and touching the hair of student-athletes.

Gray’s supervisor acknowledged receiving reports about his inappropriate behavior from staff members, coaches, and at least one student-athlete, the report said.

Gray reportedly admitted to engaging in hugging, patting or touching the shoulders and patting or touching the backs of student-athletes and confirmed he touched a student’s chest, but denied touching the rear or genital area of the student. Co-workers and former employees said they witnessed that type of behavior repeatedly  for several years and said it wasn’t casual or professional in nature.

The report said Gray also admitted to providing tickets and money to an individual not affiliated with the university, but claimed it was not in exchange for sexual favors. However, according to the report, evidence indicated the tickets and money were given during the 2011 football season and Gray received three nude photographs of the individual to whom he provided the tickets.

According to the Press-Citizen, no one answered the door Friday at an address associated with his name in an online listing.

UI Athletics Director Gary Barta said on Wednesday that Gray resigned because of “personal reasons” and UI Director of Athletic Communications Steve Roe on Friday said Barta wouldn’t comment on the matter because it’s a “personnel issue,” the Press-Citizen reported. Fred Mims, the associated director of athletics for Athletic Student Service and Compliance, did not return the PC‘s message.

Tysen Kendig, vice president for strategic communication, declined comment to the Press-Citizen on behalf of the UI, saying the the university does not publicly discuss internal personnel matters.

UI Public Safety Director Chuck Green told the Press-Citizen the UIPD is not investigating any complaints against Gray.

Check back with The Daily Iowan for updates.


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