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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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At least 6 dogs affected by suspected poisoning attack on local neighborhood

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Several dogs are sick and a few have even died in a case being investigated by Columbus Humane as a possible poisoning attack in North Linden.

Gypsy was the registered support animal of Hannah Broadway, reports NBC4i. A Facebook post that Broadway was tagged it revealed Gypsy was discovered in a pool of her own blood, having suffered organ ruptures. She ultimately died from internal bleeding.

Broadway then posted an update of her own, saying she is "still at a loss for words as to what happened."

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But, before Gypsy or any of the other dogs got sick, an anonymous person made threats to another pet owner in the area.

Broadway's neighbor Elaine Putnam received a letter in the mail with no return address, threatening to give her dog "a couple rat poison meatballs" if she didn't get her dog to stop barking.

Putnam believes the person who sent the letter is also the person targeting other local animals.

The Franklin County Animal Care and Control anticipates more dogs in the area to show signs of being possibly poisoned. They advise dog owners to survey the yard before taking them out to use the bathroom.

Samples from the effected dogs are currently being tested to confirm or deny poisoning.

Columbus Humane is asking that anyone with any information come forward.

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Grandview-area shooting leaves 2 in critical condition

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A shooting near Grandview Heights early this morning left two people in critical condition.

Around 12:05am, a report came in about gun shots. Columbus police arrived on the scene to find two individuals with multiple gunshots near the Grandview Carry Out at 1355 Grandview Ave.

The victims were transported to local hospitals and are undergoing emergency surgery, reports 10TV.

Police continue to search for a suspect.

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South Columbus machete robber still on the loose

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A man is on the loose after allegedly attempting to rob two Donatos Pizza employees with a machete in south Columbus on Saturday.

According to 10TV, Columbus police say an unknown male carrying a machete entered the Donatos in the 1000 block of Thurman Avenue around 11:10am.

He approached an employee and demanded money from the register. The employee did not comply despite the suspect threatening to kill him.

The suspect then demanded money from a delivery driver in the parking lot. This employee refused, also.

Police say the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running northbound in the alley and turning westbound between houses around the area of 1267 Oakwood Drive.

The suspect is described as a white male between 20-40 years old, 150 pounds and 5'6". 10TV adds he had a black eye on the right and a shiny area on his face that appeared to be a skin graft.

Anyone with information on this incident or suspect is asked to contact Columbus Police Robbery Unit at (614) 645-4665 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS.

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