MASON, Ohio (WOOD) — An Ohio school district said it will conduct an investigation into allegations a high school football coach asked a girl listed as an alleged rape victim of former Western Michigan University football player Bryson White not to pursue the case.
White, who is accused of home invasion and robbery in Kalamazoo, faced multiple separate sexual assault allegations in Mason, Ohio.
In one of the cases, White and two other members of the Mason High School football team allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl behind a Catholic church, put a gun to her head and raped her next to a statue of the Virgin Mary.
The alleged victim, now 18, told Target 8 that she didn’t pursue the case because she was afraid no one would believe her. She said a Mason coach also later asked her not to pursue it.
Mason City Schools said it’s concerned about the allegations against the coach and will conduct an independent investigation.
The Broncos later kicked the two of the football team.
Mason City Schools released the following statement regarding the allegations against White and the high school football coach:
“We are extremely disturbed by news reports about a former MHS student, Bryson White. Federal law requires us to protect a student’s disciplinary record, so we are not able to discuss disciplinary actions that White faced while at MHS. White was placed in the Mason Alternative Program in the spring of his Freshmen year and consequently withdrew from Mason City Schools at the conclusion of that school year. White did not complete his Freshmen Football season but was reinstated after re-enrolling in Mason City Schools at the beginning of his Junior year.
For allegations of illegal activity off the school grounds, we rely on the prosecutor’s office and law enforcement to follow-up on such reports. We are most concerned about allegations that a coach asked a student not to report a rape, and will conduct an independent investigation into this very serious charge.”