Seeking Victims in the Steve Waithe Investigation
The FBI is seeking to identify potential victims of Steve Waithe—a former track and field coach at various academic institutions—who allegedly attempted to trick female student athletes into sending him nude or semi-nude photos from at least February 2020 to April 2021.
Waithe allegedly used pseudonyms and fake social media handles to contact victims by phone, email, and social media. Some victims were told that there were leaked nude images of them posted on the internet; others may have been asked to participate in a “body development study.”
Waithe is alleged to have used variations of these pseudonyms and social media handles, which may have been followed by different numbers:
- Privacy Protector
- Katie Janovich
- Kathryn Svoboda
If you or your minor dependent(s) have been in contact with Steve Waithe or an associated online persona in any of these circumstances, please fill out this short form so the FBI can contact you. All identities of victims will be kept confidential.
If you know of someone else who has been victimized by Waithe, please encourage them to complete the form.
The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes it investigates. Identified victims may be eligible for certain services and rights under federal and/or state law.
- Help for Victims of Crime brochure (pdf)
- Internet Security Information
- DOJ Office for Victims of Crime
- National Safe Place Network
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 800-273-8255
- RAINN/National Sexual Assault Hotline | 800.656.HOPE (4673)
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children