Harvard diving coach accused of misconduct

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University’s diving coach has been accused of soliciting female athletes at an Indiana diving camp for nude photos and sending them nude photos of himself.

Chris Heaton is among the instructors described in a class-action suit filed Sunday in Indianapolis federal court against USA Diving, the sport’s governing body.

Harvard officials placed Heaton on leave Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims the athletes at Ripfest Diving, a camp for competitive divers, complained in 2015 that Heaton was soliciting them for the photos and sending them pictures of his genitalia. The women say program officials dismissed the complaints.

Harvard spokeswoman Rachel Dane said the university wasn’t aware of the allegations when it hired Heaton in August.

Heaton, who isn’t named as a defendant in the suit, didn’t immediately comment, nor did USA Diving or Ripfest organizers.

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