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Police investigate sex abuse claim against former UA star Mike Bibby

Feb 26, 2019, 9:34 AM | Updated: Feb 27, 2019, 10:34 am
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PHOENIX – Former University of Arizona basketball star Mike Bibby is under police investigation for allegedly sexually abusing and harassing a teacher at the Phoenix high school where he was a successful coach.

Paradise Valley Unified School District spokeswoman Becky Kelbaugh said Tuesday in an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM that Phoenix police opened an inquiry on Feb. 14 at Shadow Mountain High School, where Bibby volunteered as the boys’ basketball coach and the woman is a teacher.

Kelbaugh said the district notified Bibby on Monday that his “volunteer status had changed from eligible to ineligible,” pending the outcome of the investigation.

Phoenix police would only confirm they were investigating sexual abuse allegations against a staff member they didn’t identify in an email to KTAR News.

No charges had been recommended as of early Tuesday evening and the investigation was ongoing, police said.

The school said its internal investigation was put on hold at the request of the police.

“PVSchools will continue to fully cooperate with the Phoenix Police Department on the investigation and will provide the police with any support requested,” the statement read.

According to a protective order issued Friday that was obtained by ABC15, the woman filed a formal police report Feb. 12 for sexual abuse and stalking.

The protective order prohibits Bibby from having any contact with the teacher.

The woman claimed that on Feb. 22, 2017, Bibby, 40, allegedly pulled the woman into his SUV and groped her in the school parking lot.

Bibby allegedly called the woman over to the driver’s side of his car, jumped out, “picked me up around the hips with my legs around his waist to hang on,” the protective order read.

“He carried me to his open car door and laid me down on across his driver’s seat with him on top,” the order continued.

The woman claimed Bibby then rubbed his body and genitals on her body, “specifically on my breasts and groin area. He said to me, ‘What I could do to you.'”

After the woman slid out from the car, Bibby allegedly caught up to her as she walked back to the school and grabbed her again.

“He was hugging me and saying sexually explicit things to me as he pushed and rubbed his erected penis against my body,” the order read.

The woman said she “tried to push him away and told him I had to go many times,” adding that she was “in shock, in fear, intimidated by his actions.” She also claimed that she smelled alcohol on his breath.

The woman also claimed that two coworkers witnessed the abuse and that she told another colleague what happened.

Bibby allegedly also showed up uninvited to the teacher’s classroom at least four times, with the first incident occurring the day after the alleged groping and the most recently in October 2018.

The woman said she confronted Bibby shortly after the alleged groping, telling him that he sexually abused her and was “out of line.”

According to the order, Bibby admitted to drinking the day of the alleged abuse and asked the woman not to “tell.” The woman agreed and, at Bibby’s direction, told Shadow Mountain Athletic Director Mike Warren that she would not say anything.

Only a judge can dismiss an order, and it is valid for one year from the date of service, according to the city of Phoenix’s website.

Bibby played for Shadow Mountain and went on to lead the University of Arizona to the NCAA championship in 1997.

The point guard left college for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season and was the second overall selection in 1998. He finished his NBA career in 2012.

Bibby began coaching at Shadow Mountain as an assistant in 2013 and was promoted to head coach the next year. The team won its fourth straight 4A state title Saturday.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross and Bob McClay contributed to this report.

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Police investigate sex abuse claim against former UA star Mike Bibby