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Home Seeking Victims in the Steve Waithe Investigation

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 between around February 2020 to November 2022, however, victims may have been targeted outside of this time range.

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 were asked to participate in a “body development study” or communicate with a friend who struggled with their body image.

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
  • Anon

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 this 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.

NOTE: If you are currently under the age of 18, please have your parent/guardian submit this form on your behalf.

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2. How do you believe you were victimized by Waithe? Click all that apply.

Privacy Act Statement

The FBI is authorized to collect the information on this form by one or more of the following provisions: Title 28, United States Code, sections 533 and 534; Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations, section 0.85; and the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The information requested will assist the FBI in providing you with assistance to which crime victims are entitled under federal law. You do not have to provide the requested information; however, failure to do so may hinder the FBI in providing you with crime victim assistance. The information collected on this form is protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Title 5, United States Code section 552a, and is maintained in the FBI’s Central Records System, DOJ/FBI-002, a description of which was published in the Federal Register at 63 Fed. Reg. 8671 (Feb. 20, 1998) and which may be viewed at