Patrick Nero meets the Maine press at the Buchanan Alumni House after being named the University of Maine's athletic director in 2003. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Patrick Nero, who worked as the athletic director at the University of Maine from 2003 to 2005, was caught in a lewd video with students before his abrupt departure from another school late last year, the website Deadspin reported Thursday.

Named a national Athletics Director of the Year just nine months earlier, Nero resigned from his job at George Washington University in December of 2017 under the explanation he was leaving to “pursue the next phase” of his career.

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On Thursday, Deadspin released the results of a lengthy investigation into the circumstances around his departure, reporting that Nero was accused of keeping inappropriately close relationships with student players, in at least one case regularly handing the player money and intervening in his love life.

But the website’s biggest reveal came in the form of a video that appears to show Nero partying with students and making obscene gestures, including straddling one student and simulating a sex act. Deadspin reported that it obtained the video from an anonymous source.

Deadspin also reported that Nero was coordinating with George Washington University on a response to the video and other allegations made in the report.

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Ultimately, the only response the website received by either party before publication came from the university Associate Athletics Director Brian Sereno: “When accusations are made of inappropriate conduct by a university staff member, those allegations are taken seriously and addressed as appropriate. It is university policy to not discuss individual personnel actions.”

Between when Nero worked at the University of Maine and when he took the job at George Washington, he worked as commissioner of the America East conference.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.