UNCW conducting Title IX employee investigation

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The investigation continues as University police looks into women’s soccer coach, Paul Cairney. The university is looking into it now as a Title IX employee inquiry.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions, which receive federal funding, such as UNCW. Under Title IX, schools must respond and remedy hostile educational environments.

On social media, Cairney was accused of sexually assaulting a girl during soccer camp more than twenty years ago. A UNCW spokeswoman can not confirm a link between the Title IX investigation and those accusations. But again, Title IX looks at things like discrimination, unlawful harassment and sexual misconduct.

Cariney’s attorney said he does not want to go on camera amid the allegations and believes the course of action is in the best interests of the UNCW family, the public and his family.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office investigated Cairney but he does not face any charges. Investigators say the alleged victim declined pursuing prosecution. We asked if UNCW police received any other reports regarding Coach Cairney, but they said no.

Cariney remains on paid administrative leave. Only time will tell what University Police’s investigation will bring to light.

The U.S. Department of Education said they have not opened an investigation in UNCW.

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