Tech's Josh Pastner faces sexual assult lawsuit

Tech's Josh Pastner faces sexual assult lawsuit

Tech's Josh Pastner faces sexual assult lawsuit

Tucson TV station KOLD reports the suit was filed Thursday in Pima County Superior Court by former Georgia Tech booster Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley.

The counterclaim accuses Pastner of "sexual assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress" when Pastner was the head coach of the University of Memphis men's basketball team in 2016.

The relationship between he and Bell has deteriorated immensely over the past two years after Bell alleged Pastner was aware of recruiting violations at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is the target of a sexual assault lawsuit. Pastner told her, according to the suit, that he knew powerful people who would make her life "a living hell". Pastner, in turn, has flat-out denied those claims.

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In a December phone call with NCAA investigators, Bell told them Pastner had also sexually assaulted his girlfriend. Pendley has not reported the allegations to police, but said Thursday that she is considering filing charges. Josh never acted improperly with Ms. Pendley.

The lawsuit said Pendley did not tell Bell about the incident, but alleges Pastner continued to harass the woman nearly a dozen more times between February 14 and March 3. Bell, he says, has a history of criminal activity and "dishonest and antisocial behavior". For these reasons, he says, their families have turned against them in the case.

"I am disgusted and devastated by the actions of two individuals to whom I showed compassion", Pastner said in a statement. "My family and I are victims of fraud and extortion and the extent to which these individuals have gone to harm us is truly unfathomable".

According to the lawsuit, Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley then threatened her against telling anyone.

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