USU Eastern assistant cheer coach accused of sexual battery of squad members

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PRICE (News4Utah)- The assistant cheer coach at Utah State University Eastern is facing eight counts of sexual battery after several members of the squad complained to police.

Tucker Anderson, 23, of Price was arrested on September 28th.

Investigators say the women claimed Anderson touched them inappropriately.

After he was read his Miranda Rights, police say Anderson admitted to some of the actions, saying his “intentions were not to cause harm”, a police reported stated.

The university fired Anderson when the charges came to light.

Officials at the school released the following statement:

USU policy prohibits sexual misconduct, and the case has also been referred to USU’s Title IX coordinator. USU is cooperating fully with the Utah State University Eastern Police Department as they investigate the allegations. USU supports and encourages those who stand up and prevent or report sexual violence, and the university works with those who file a complaint to ensure their safety.

For students who have experienced sexual misconduct, USU offers Title IX services as well as confidential resources to help them heal and succeed in school. Please visit https://usueastern.edu/price/campus-safety/sexual-assault for more information.

The university provides a comprehensive program for all students to prevent sexual misconduct in its university communities. This includes a mandatory online sexual assault prevention course for all incoming undergraduate and graduate students. Students who fail to complete the online course are prohibited from registering for subsequent semesters.

Sexual misconduct — sexual assault, dating or domestic violence and stalking — challenges USU’s mission, threatening the futures and careers of more than just those who experience it. USU will remain vigilant in continually improving prevention efforts and respond appropriately when it occurs. The university encourages all members of the Aggie family to take an active role in maintaining the safety of the USU Eastern community and to stand up and intervene to prevent conduct that violates USU policy or the law.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Crisis and Information Hotline at 1-888-421-1100. Click here for a list of Rape Crisis Resources in Utah.

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