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Fencing assistant coach ‘no longer with’ Penn State following sexual abuse allegations

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Fencing, Yale, Abashidze

Assistant coach George Abashidze talks with a group of foil fencers after thier bouts with Yale during the duel in the White Building on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.

Former fencing assistant coach George Abashidze is “no longer with the university,” a Penn State Athletics spokesperson told The Daily Collegian.

The Collegian reported that Penn State had placed Abashidze on administrative leave back in September.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization seeking to end abuse within American athletics, lists sexual misconduct and sexual harassment violations under Abashidze’s name within its database of disciplinary records.

Specific details of the reported harassment were never released. 

Abashidze was also suspended three years by USA Fencing, where he was previously involved.

Penn State has a job posting for a replacement assistant fencing coach.


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David Eckert is a junior studying print and digital journalism and Spanish at Penn State. He has served previously as a sports editor for the Daily Collegian, but currently he works as the Collegian's sports columnist and is a podcast host.

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