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“You owe me this,” former OSU diving coach accused of sexually abusing minor

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On the heels of a former Ohio State University wrestling coach being under fire for alleged sexual misconduct, a fired Ohio State University Driving Club coach finds himself in a similar situation.

Ex-coach William “Will” Bohonyi is being accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a sexual relationship while under his direction in 2014.

The victim was a high school diver at a suburban Columbus school who put her trust of making it to the Olympics in her Ohio State University Diving Club coach, Bohonyi.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that he now stands accused of sexually assaulting the girl, with many of the acts occurring on OSU’s campus and in his car.

The Ohio State University Diving Club, USA Diving — the national organization based in Indianapolis that oversees the Olympic program —is accused of negligent supervision of Bohonyi.

The Columbus Dispatch also reports the university is being accused of coming into possession of hundreds of nude photos of the girl.

However, Ohio State says that when it became aware of the accusations against Bohonyi in 2014, he was immediately placed on administrative leave.

Ten days later, he was fired, according to a statement from Benjamin Johnson, OSU spokesman, per The Dispatch.

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Bohonyi remained a member of USA Diving and continued to pressure the girl into performing oral, anal, and vaginal sex on a weekly basis, saying she “owed him this” because she had cost him his job and as a token of her commitment to diving.

He is also allegedly manipulated her into making false statements to OSU to cover up his crimes.

In February 2015, USA Diving banned Bohonyi but failed to report him to law enforcement which is required by law.

USA Diving also took no action to stop Bohonyi from privately coaching USA Diving team members who were minors.

In 2015, the victim was treated at a psychiatric ward and eventually entered into a sexual trauma therapy program in St. George, Utah.

But when she returned, the sexual relationship with Bohonyi resumed for a few months, reports The Dispatch.

Upon graduating high school, she received a scholarship with a Big Ten school but lost it because of her continued mental and physical health problems.

Meanwhile, Bohonyi worked at a swim apparel company and privately coached young divers, including at the Westerville Community Center.

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TBT: The Short North Posse – Columbus’ most notorious gang

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To look at the Short North in 2019, it’s hard to imagine that it was once the stomping grounds of one of the most notorious and violent street gangs in Columbus history. Though the area is hardly free from crime today, nothing matches the scope and intensity of the offenses brought to bear on the neighborhood by the Short North Posse in the 1990s.

For those unaware of the Posse and its reputation, Columbus Monthly once called the nationally-known street gang “the biggest, baddest, gun-totingest, drug-slingingest, most murderous bunch in town.” The group’s activities were serious enough to draw the attention of local and federal authorities, resulting in over 60 arrests of posse members, many of which carried hefty sentences.

According to court records, the Short North Posse was formed by a group of cocaine dealers who wanted to carve out an area of Columbus as their own turf – the area just north of downtown Columbus. Like any gang, the Posse offered protection to its members while keeping rival gangs and drug dealers at bay.

Short North Posse members in the 1990’s

Though its members were eventually proven guilty of everything from drug charges to racketeering and murder, some claim The Short North Posse were simply administering their own brand of street justice in a neighborhood that had long been neglected by polite society.

“The Posse didn’t terrorize the neighborhood, they held it down with an old school mentality and gangster code that emulated their predecessors from back in the day,” says crime author Seth Ferranti. “They fought wars to keep the neighborhood sucker free. Keeping the big city drug barons and dealers out.”

Utilizing undercover detectives and covert drug stings, Columbus Police began targeting gang activity in the Short North area in 1993. By May of 1994, the scope of the investigation expanded to include federal authorities.

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In March of 1995, a sweeping federal investigation resulted in more than 200 charges from drug dealing to money laundering being leveled against alleged Posse members. More than 40 members of the gang were arrested and tried, with many receiving maximum sentences.

In spite of these wide-ranging convictions, the Short North Posse was far from finished, as a new generation of members stepped up to replace those who were incarcerated. Two more major waves of arrests followed, with ten more Posse members facing charges in 2006.

19 additional arrests in 2010 effectively marked the end of the Posse’s presence as a criminal force in the city. Of the 19 charged, 13 pleaded guilty and six others were convicted by juries and sentenced to life without parole. In all, the final wave of arrests yielded 31 murder-related convictions.

Short North Posse leader Robert Ledbetter

The final conviction associated with the Short North Posse came in 2017. Robert Ledbetter, a Posse leader, was sentenced to several consecutive life sentences for the revenge killing of 23-year-old Alan Johnson in 2006, who had allegedly murdered Ledbetter’s brother. He was also convicted for his role in the death of drug dealer Marschell Brumfield Junior, and for ordering the murder of his then girlfriend while he was in custody in 2011.

While the violent nature of the crimes committed by Posse members is a matter of record, some say there are two sides to the long-standing gang’s saga.

“Some real estate agencies and investors were interested in that area. $100 million was invested in that area. They had to devalue the property, create a high crime area,” a posse member known as Shorty said in an interview with gorillaconvict.com. “Since they got the [Posse] out of the way property values went up. It’s called gentrification. The legacy of the SNP is that of a group of young black men who were negatively exploited by the Department of Justice due to real estate and commercial interests.”

Was the Short North Posse really as bad as their rap sheet would suggest, or were they unjustly targeted by powerful interests? Whatever the case may be, the Short North of today bears little resemblance to the streets run by Posse members two decades ago.


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Bloody Sunday: two stabbed at Short North bar

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Capping off a weekend of violence in the Short North that included a massive brawl, two people were taken to the hospital with stab wounds suffered from an incident at a High Street bar Sunday night.

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Records show that Columbus police responded to a call at Standard Hall around 9:00PM. They say a man stabbed two bouncers when they attempted to remove him from the bar.

When police arrived on the scene, they located the two victims who were “bleeding and had visible injuries” according to an unofficial report. The two were transported to OSU medical center, both in stable condition.

The suspect is still on the loose, and is wanted for felonious assault. Police have not released a description of the perpetrator at this time.

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Video: weekend brawl stops traffic in Short North Streets

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For most people, St. Paddy’s day is a joyful celebration of all things Irish. For others, the holiday is used as a pretense to unleash more base tendencies of human nature through binge drinking, violence, and general foolishness.

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A video showcasing a dustup involving a dozen or more St. Paddy’s revelers in the the Short North this weekend has been making the rounds on social media. The fracas broke out in front of the Columbus convention center, interrupting traffic for several minutes.

Video of the brawl was posted to imgur, and is embedded below. The video contains acts of violence that some may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

No cause for the fight has been established and police records indicate no arrests were made in relation to the incident.

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