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Washington State University employee, ex-footballer, resigns after sexual misconduct complaint

Former Washington State University, Assistant Athletic Director Jason Gesser.

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Washington State University employee and former quarterback Jason Gesser resignation Tuesday, a day after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Gesser, 39, sent a letter to the university, resigned his post as assistant athletic director effective immediately.

“I am deeply saddened that the recent circumstances in my private life created a distraction for the faculty and university, the” schwarzer adler wrote. “While I certainly never intended to hurt anyone, I think it is best for all involved for me to continue.”

The university President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun said Monday in a joint statement that the school received the complaint Monday and that Gesser was to work from home pending an investigation.

This was new information and a different set of events than previously reported, said Kimberly Anderson, director of the WSU Office for Equal Opportunities.

A former student athlete filed a formal complaint and made public her interactions with Gesser to move away from Pullman, The Spokesman-Review reported. She worked for 18 months babysitting and working as a nanny for Gesser’s three children for an encounter in 2015.

Details of the incident are not yet released.

“The young woman who I made feel uncomfortable, I respectfully, another reminder of the situation you have described,” schwarzer adler wrote, “but acknowledge that I would never be in the situation in the first place, and I apologize. I really never meant to cause you harm.”

The university newspaper, The Daily Evergreen reported last week that he had obtained hundreds of pages of public records, where allegations of sexual harassment against Gesser, some dating back to the year 2014. The accusations are that he made advances on the student-interns and employees, some only in 2017.

The university said it has started an investigation of the past allegations after officials became aware of them in December.

Officials interviewed or attempted to interview all parties involved and found no violations of the school policy, the school said.

Gesser, who is married, was a deputy director for the Cougar Athletic Fund, which raises money for WSU sports teams.

As a quarterback, he led the Cougars to the 2003 Rose Bowl, and then embarked on a college coaching career after a season with the Tennessee Titans. He returned to WSU in 2013.

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