Sex assault lawsuit filed against SC Special Olympics

Cornelius Davis (Courtesy: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The mother of a 15-year-old Special Olympics athlete has filed a lawsuit against the state's Special Olympics program, citing a sex assault during the 2012 Games.

The suit was initially filed against Lexington County School District 2, where the Special Olympics Coach served as a special needs teaching assistant, a statement released Wednesday shows.

The lawsuit alleges the coach, identified as Cornelius Davis, as the Special Olympics program are at fault for failing to supervise and protect the participants in the games, which led to an alleged incident in Davis' hotel room between Davis and the 15-year-old.

According to the lawsuit, the girl contracted a sexually transmitted disease as a result of the sex assault.

Davis faces criminal charges filed by the 9th Circuit Solicitor's Office, the report states.

The release states there are have been other sexual assaults committed by Special Olympics volunteers, but does not document those incidents.