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THE CAMPUS CONUNDRUM
September 10, 2001
As the case of Ohio State runner Denise Klemencic (right) shows, harassment is difficult to define
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September 10, 2001

The Campus Conundrum

As the case of Ohio State runner Denise Klemencic (right) shows, harassment is difficult to define

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?John Trites, a swimming and golf coach at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., was accused in 1998 of secretly videotaping female athletes as they showered. Charged with illegal wiretapping, he's believed to have fled the country and last spring was featured on America's Most Wanted.

In the Ohio State case Crawford, now the women's track coach at New Mexico State, denies any wrongdoing. "What [Klemencic] did is every male coach's worst nightmare," says Crawford, who says he made no sexual overtures. Why did he ban Klemencic from training with the team at Ohio State? "Not only did I feel she wasn't a world-class athlete, she wasn't even a decent Division I athlete," he says.

Klemencic says she hasn't run since June 1992. "I've tried to, but it's been too upsetting," says Klemencic, who works two jobs and lives with her mother in Cleveland to defray more than $25,000 in legal fees. "Running forces me to relive what happened."

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