Champion US baton twirler wins $4.2M verdict after being sexually assaulted during nightmare trip to Peru

A nationwide two-time baton-twirling champion gained a $4.2 million jury verdict in Brooklyn final week after suing the US Twirling Association for negligence, claiming she’d been drugged and sexually assaulted by a “creepy” native during a 2019 goodwill trip to Peru.

The sufferer, recognized solely as Jane Doe, testified during the almost three-week week trial in Brooklyn Federal Court in opposition to the Nassau County-based USTA’s chaperone Koralea Slagle and president Karen Cammer.

The six teenage twirlers have been supposed to go to foster houses and grade faculties, and participate in a parade however as a substitute, the sufferer mentioned, they have been left with their host, a person named Jacobo who headed the native Lions Club.

slagle, smiling and looking at the camera, with five young twirlers whose are obscured
Slagle was accused of ignoring an absence of water for her younger expenses in addition to “creepy” overtures from a neighborhood host. Instagram @bt.twirler
Slagle, far left, in a group shot with the teenage twirlers, whose faces are obscured
Koralea Slagle owes $504,000 of a $4.2 million jury verdict after one of many twirlers sued for negilgence. Obtained by The New York Post

Then 17 and initially from Ohio, Doe alleged Slagle turned a blind eye whereas the kids have been stored out til 3 a.m. every night time and supplied booze, however no water, to drink.

She had instructed her mom Jacobo was appearing “kinda creepy” towards her, including, “there have been multiple instances where he just wants to take me but I’ve refused,” in accordance to the authorized submitting.

One night time the lady felt sick after being given a “special mojito” — hours later Jacobo used a key to enter her locked room, and sexually assaulted the sick and disoriented lady, she mentioned in courtroom papers.

A legal investigation was later launched in Peru however its standing is unknown.

The jury discovered Slagle, a Kansas resident, and the USTA negligent, awarding $3 million for previous damages and $1.2 million for future ache and struggling, with Slagle personally liable for $504,000 of the award.

Karen cammer looking at the camera, with grey hair, glasses and a yellow and greyt op, outside with palm trees behind her
Then USTA president Karen Cammer was not discovered personally liable by the Brooklyn jury. Facebook ustwirling

“If I stayed silent, the USTA would have never taken accountability for their actions,” the sufferer, now 22, instructed The Post. “I have reclaimed my voice by sharing the truth but continue to work towards healing. Athletes are not disposable, and their dignity and safety should never be sacrificed.” 

Doe’s lawyer, Andy Goldwasser, added, “After four and half years our client finally received the vindication and rightful outcome she deserved. Maybe now, the USTA will stop prioritizing power over safety.”

“While USTA is disappointed with the verdict and is evaluating next steps, we respect the process and acknowledge the outcome. It is a serious reminder of our imperative to protect and support every athlete in our organization,” the group mentioned. “USTA remains fully committed to ensuring a safe and supportive sporting environment for all athletes.”

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