Former San Jose State director of sports medicine sentenced in sexual abuse case

The former director of sports medicine at San Jose University, Scott Shaw, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for sexually abusing female student-athletes, according to the Department of Justice. In his role as sports director, Shaw was entrusted with treating athletes’ injuries but, as per the DOJ, he exploited his position to engage in inappropriate touching of female student-athletes.

Charged in 2022 for violating the civil rights of four students on women’s athletics teams, he pleaded guilty to two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law. In addition to the prison sentence, Shaw faces a year of supervised release and a $15,000 fine. The DOJ has mandated his surrender on or before March 6, 2024. Shaw served as the director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer from 2008 to 2020. In 2021, San Jose State University’s then-President Mary Papazian issued an apology to the victims, and later resigned amid allegations that the complaints of 15 former female student-athletes were mishandled..