Former UCLA associate athletic director Michael Sondheimer resigned last Thursday after allegedly trying to engage children in sexual online chats.
He had worked at the university for 36 years and was most recently involved in admissions and on-campus recruiting.
CBS 2 first reported that Sondheimer was featured on a website called “Operation Riptide,” a sting operation in which adults posed as minors to catch online predators. The site alleges that Sondheimer attempted to engage children in “sexual chats involving humiliation and degradation.”
In a statement, the university said Sondheimer was placed on administrative leave June 3, after it “learned of allegations that he had engaged in inappropriate conduct.” He resigned on June 27. The statement also said the allegations were unrelated to his job and did not involve students or other employees.
A university and university police investigation is ongoing. His profile has been removed from UCLABruins.com.