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Second woman alleges sexual misconduct at Woodward Camp

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Another female filed a lawsuit Friday against Woodward Camp, making her the second in the past year to accuse the elite gymnastics facility of improperly responding to allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Canadian woman — who was only identified in the lawsuit by her initials — was a junior counselor when she attended the nationally renowned camp in summer 2016. She was 17.

She was coached by Nathaniel Singer, who she accused of grooming her by sending unwanted photos of himself partially nude. He pursued an intimate relationship with her so openly, her attorneys wrote, that other campers and staff were aware of the inappropriate behavior.

On the penultimate night of her stay at the camp, Singer pressured her into “inappropriate sexual contact,” the 20-page lawsuit alleged.

“We are looking to hold Woodward accountable for placing these young women and the young campers in danger by ignoring the complaints and the dangers that Singer posed to the campers and to the children entrusted in their care,” attorney David K. Inscho said Tuesday.

No attorney for Singer was listed.

A spokeswoman for adventure lifestyle company Powdr — Woodward Camp’s parent company — wrote in a statement Tuesday that the business takes the allegations “very seriously” and is actively reviewing the claims.

The camp rehired Singer each of the following three years even though he admitted to administrators that he had sexual contact with the woman, the suit alleged. At least one other camper said she was sexually assaulted by Singer during his following stints.

That teenager’s parents sued the camp and Singer in December. Singer was accused of groping and digitally penetrated her during a drill, while the camp’s administrators were accused of trying to dissuade her from reporting the abuse.

Singer was suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport — a center tasked with investigating sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports — for sexual misconduct in July 2020. He’s was ruled permanently ineligible in May to be a member of USA Gymnastics.

The most recent lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages. Singer’s alleged sexual misconduct and the camp’s inaction, Inscho said, has had a “profound effect.”

“(She) was taken advantage of by a male in a position of power and authority that the camp had given him,” Inscho said. “It’s caused her significant psychological harm.”

Singer, of New England, was also charged criminally in April for his alleged sexual misconduct against the teenage gymnast who filed the first lawsuit. He’s charged with two felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, as well as two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

Defense lawyer Lance Marshall said he does not represent Singer in either of the lawsuits. Singer remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail. No trial date has been set.

Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Centre Daily Times. He was raised in Mifflin County and graduated from Lock Haven University.

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