Former Ohio State diving club coach gets 4 years on sexual battery charges


COLUMBUS (WBNS) — Former Ohio State club diving coach William Bohonyi was sentenced to four years in prison Monday for what his own attorney called an inappropriate, illegal and immoral relationship with an underage diver whom he coached.

Bohonyi could be granted conditional supervised release after one year in prison, but prosecutors said they would fight it. The 33-year-old former USA Diving certified coach - who was banned from coaching in 2015 after the allegations surfaced - will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Bohonyi had already pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery involving former club diver, Estee Pryor, earlier this summer. While most news organizations do not name victims of sexual crimes, Pryor had agreed to be identified in prior interviews with 10 Investigates and other news outlets.

Pryor said she was groomed by Bohonyi and manipulated into a sexual relationship while a member of the OSU dive club. The incidents had a negative impact on Pryor personally and with her athletic prowess. As an Olympic hopeful, Pryor gave up on diving after the sexual encounters with Bohonyi surfaced.

She told OSU officials that the sexual encounters occurred in July of 2014. Bohonyi was fired the next month in August when university officials learned of the allegations and found he violated university policies. Pryor went to police, asked them to open an investigation and then asked them to close it after being pressured from Bohonyi.

Prosecutors said Bohonyi texted Pryor 940 times in an attempt to dissuade her from pressing charges. In January of 2018, she went back to OSU police and asked them to reopen the case. That later led to an indictment - accusing Bohonyi of engaging in sex acts with Pryor in a parking garage on Ohio State’s campus.

Pryor spoke in front of the court Monday where she gave a victim impact statement.

“This has been a mess for five years,” she said. “Why I am here today is to hold this man accountable.”

Before being sentenced, Bohonyi also apologized to Pryor who had left the courtroom after reading her statement.

“I know what I did was wrong and that’s why I tried to hide it,” Bohonyi said. “Because of my narcissistic, selfish behavior, I’m going to pay for this the rest of my life.”

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