PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. - A middle school basketball coach who came under fire for sexual misconduct allegations in December, resigned from all duties with the Pelican Rapids School District Monday, April 15.
The district was in the midst of a reopened investigation into the allegation that Shawn Gravalin inappropriately touched a player’s butt during practice.
After initially finding no evidence and closing a month-long investigation Jan. 17, the district reopened the sexual misconduct investigation a couple weeks later, at the urging of Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Jake Thomason.
Gravalin was the subject of similar allegations 11 years ago when he was the head girls basketball coach in Hankinson, N.D. He was accused of mentally abusing and sexually harassing basketball players. He resigned from the position in July 2008.
Gravalin resigned from coaching basketball and softball in Pelican Rapids in January, but he remained a paraprofessional at the school. He was on paid administrative leave during the second investigation.
The mother of the middle school student who filed the complaint against Gravalin says she is tired of him casting himself as the victim.
“He’s the one who brought suffering to my daughter, our family and his family,” she said, adding that her daughter has gone through turmoil and stress of her own, going through trauma counseling, enduring nightmares, and having trouble trusting adults.