Two women accused a star basketball player from San Diego of filming sex acts without their permission when they were in high school.
Gwen Gabert, 20, claims that Jalen McDaniels, 20, filmed her with performing a consensual sex act for him in a car on her 18th birthday while they were seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington state.
Gabert claims that McDaniels sent the video, which he reportedly filmed on his mobile phone, to teammates on the high school basketball team in a group chat.
Tally Thomas, 19, claimed that McDaniels had filmed her by performing a sexual act on one of his teammates from a closet and later sent the video to his teammates.
Thomas and Gabert, filing civil lawsuits against McDaniels in the King County Superior Court, said the incidents led both of them to attempt suicide.
Two women have accused San Diego State star basketball player Jalen McDaniels, 20, of filming performing sexual acts without their permission when they were in high school
Gwen Gabert (20) claims that McDaniels filmed her during a sex act for him in a car on her 18th birthday while they were seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington State
Gabert said she had no idea that McDaniels, then 17, was filming her.
He said he wanted to give me a birthday kiss and that led to other things and that's the day the video was made, & # 39; she told Fox 5 San Diego. I had no idea he did. & # 39;
& # 39; I was humiliated. I was so ashamed and I just could not believe what was happening. & # 39;
Gabert said that she is extremely depressed & # 39; and & # 39; started to harm themselves & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I had really nasty fears & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; I developed PTSD and in April 2017 I tried to take my own life twice. & # 39;
Thomas was a star athlete in high school when the incident occurred.
She went to Stanford University for a scholarship to play softball, but has since left university and received therapy for depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Gabert claims that McDaniels sent the video, which he reportedly filmed on his mobile phone, to teammates of the high school basketball team in a group chat
Like Gabert, she tried to commit suicide.
"Jalen runs away for too long," said Joan Mell, the women's attorney. It is time for him to take it up, take responsibility. & # 39;
Gabert went to the police three months after the alleged recordings took place.
The Federal Way Police Department asked the SDSU police to keep the safe & # 39; McDaniels phone to use, but the star player refused to cooperate and the case was eventually rejected, according to the suit of Gabert.
& # 39; When I came forward, the reason was that he did not get into trouble because he was an athlete, & # 39; Gabert told USA Today. & # 39; I was not appreciated at all. & # 39;
In October, Thomas filed a $ 3.5 million unlawful claim against Federal Way Public Schools, claiming to have told Jerome Collins, the high school junior basketball coach, about the incident, but he did not tell the authorities reported.
Instead Collins organized a meeting with Thomas & Dad, McDaniels, the boy who was seen in the alleged video with Thomas and their own fathers.
Authorities said that both McDaniels and his team mate apologized for the incident and then removed the video from their mobile phones, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
They were then instructed to tell someone else who was sent the video to also delete it.
McDaniels and the team-mate, whose name was not released, also met Thomas's mother to apologize and met Thomas and Collins in separate meetings where the parents were not present, according to the research report.
Collins has since been placed on administrative leave.
After Thomas' wrongful act, Federal Way Police opened a case about her accusations and reopened Gabert's case in 2016.
The detective of the Federal Way, Heather Castro, interviewed a number of former teammates of McDaniels. Some said they watched the video, others had heard about it.
Tally Thomas, 19, claimed that McDaniels had filmed her by performing a sexual act on one of his teammates from a closet and later also sent to his teammates
The department ordered two counts of voyeurism against McDaniels, but the King County District Attorney Office refused to file charges.
Mell said that prosecutors could not get the evidence needed because the San Diego State Police turned the matter to the athletic department of the school in 2016 and SDSU basketball coach Steve Fisher – who retired last year.
"Coach Fisher should not have been put in the position", said Mell. I do not know why law enforcement officers deem it appropriate to postpone it to the coach as if it were an athletic issue. It is not. It is a matter of law enforcement. & # 39;
Jeremy Warren, McDaniels' lawyer, said he was aware of the investigation.
& # 39; It will take a few years, & # 39; said Warren. The police have looked at it twice, and the prosecutor's office has rejected any charges.
& # 39; He looks forward to his day in court. At the moment he is focusing on the best student and man he can be. & # 39;
"Jalen runs away for too long," said Joan Mell, the women's attorney (pictured with Gabert). & # 39; It's time for him to take it up, take responsibility & # 39;
San Diego State University told DailyMail.com that for the time being no change will occur in the & # 39; status & # 39; from McDaniel at the university.
San Diego State University and SDSU Athletics take all allegations of misconduct seriously & # 39 ;, according to the statement.
& # 39; First and foremost, we recognize that this is a difficult time for the individuals and loved ones of all those involved.
& # 39; An investigation conducted by local councils in Washington state about the events that preceded the enrollment of the current student athlete at the university resulted in no indictment.
& # 39; At present, there is no change in the status of the individual at the university. The university continues to monitor the situation. & # 39;
McDaniels is currently the second highest scorer for SDSU's basketball team. He temporarily went to the NBA 2018 Draft and worked with more than 10 different teams before retiring and returning to the school.
Gabert said she hopes McDaniels & # 39; will be held responsible for his actions.
I want him to have something that affects him (over the years), maybe affecting him, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I did not do anything wrong. I have consequences for the choice I made on my 18th birthday.
I should have been able to make those choices and trust Jalen without any consequences that would have led me to almost take my life and still be traumatized to this day by what he was doing. & # 39;