PARIS, TX -- A former Paris Junior College basketball player has filed a lawsuit in federal court against a former coach and the school.
Former player Ebonee Tate filed suit against PJC, former Athletic Director and women's basketball coach Sean LeBeauf, and PJC's President.
The suit filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas claims sexual harassment by LeBeauf, who is now an assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona.
Court documents allege LeBeauf began sexually oriented discussions with Tate and sent her text messages of a sexual nature, including:
“Love u Ebonee”;
“U need to lose 10 lbs… U need to lose weight… Ur sexy at 164, but u would be even sexier at 155”;
“I want u to dress up for me”
Tate says she ignored the messages and LeBuff threatened to take away her scholarship.
The documents state in 2011, another basketball player admitted to her teammates that Coach LeBeauf sent her similarly suggestive text messages and kissed her after luring her into his office one evening. Another teammate left the team in 2011 after Coach LeBeauf became inappropriate with her and even sent her mother a picture of his genitals. At least one player admitted to having a sexual affair with Coach LeBeauf in 2010.
A court date has not been set.
PJC issued this statement Sunday:
"These charges are not supported by fact. An independent investigation conducted earlier this year found no basis for the allegations. The school will defend itself in the proper venue."