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14 Syracuse-area Students Allegedly Molested by Former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring

NEW YORK (Syracuse.com) Former Olympic hurdler Conrad Mainwaring, who was arrested in June in Los Angeles on a charge of sexual misconduct, has been accused of molesting 14 boys in the Syracuse area, according to an ESPN report Thursday.

According to the “Outside the Lines” report, reporters Mike Kessler and Mark Fainaru-Wada spoke with 14 men who told them they had been sexually abused by Mainwaring when he was in the Syracuse area, including five high schoolers, in the 1980s.

Mainwaring was arrested on June 19 in Los Angeles on a charge that he sexually molested one of his athletes in 2016. He pleaded not guilty.

Among the 14 accusers from Syracuse is Robert Druger, who works as an eye surgeon and aikido instructor in the Syracuse area. He reportedly met Mainwaring while Druger was a student at Nottingham High School.

According to The Outside the Lines report, Druger’s willingness to come forward and share his account with authorities in New York helped lead to Mainwaring’s arrest in California.

Two sources told ESPN that Mainwaring also kept office hours as a counselor Nottingham High School and abused students there in the 1980s. Syracuse school district officials told “Outside the Lines” they found no records that Mainwaring ever was a staff member or a sanctioned volunteer.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement Thursday morning that Mainwaring was a graduate student in the 1980s and was a student worker in residence life during that time.

“In February 2019, we learned of an allegation against Mainwaring that stems back to the 1980s,” Syverud said. “The University immediately contacted law enforcement, including authorities in Los Angeles. The University also retained an outside law firm with expertise in these matters to conduct a review.”

He said he is “grateful to the individuals who have come forward to date, and strongly encourage anyone else with relevant information to contact us.”

Mainwaring also worked for about two years in admissions at Colgate starting in 1985, the ESPN article reported. He competed for Antigua and Barbuda in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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