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A club volleyball owner in Texas is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at her home, as well as providing marijuana to the victim and other girls.
The alleged assault occurred at the girl’s home in March while her parents were away. The 48-year-old club owner is accused of giving marijuana to the 16-year-old and other girls. According to reports in theFort Worth Star-Telegram he then forced the girl to have sex in the bathroom.
He faces charges of delivery of marijuana to a child and sexual assault of a child. He was released on $20,000 bail.
The girl told investigators in May that the man sexually assaulted her several times, including in parking lots and an area motel. She did not come forward with the allegations because she was “scared and blamed herself,” according to the report.
A 26-year-old volunteer baseball coach in West Virginia has been arrested on allegations of attempting to sexually abuse several minor children.
The Sheriff's Office was notified that a volunteer coach for a local baseball organization had been exchanging inappropriate messages of a sexually explicit nature with several young children.
The recipients of these sexually explicit messages were all young male children under the age of 14.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect was engaging in a process commonly known as “grooming" which is attempting to establish a friendly relationship with the children and gain their trust before attempting to sexually abuse them.
The man was arrested by Sheriff's Detectives and his bond was set at $250,000.
A former gymnastics coach who was on Rhode Island’s Most Wanted list after being accused of molesting three girls and fleeing the state to avoid prosecution, has been caught after a decade on the run.
The 61-year-old worked as a gymnastics instructor at a YMCA when he was accused of molesting three young girls. Authorities said he was scheduled for a pre-trial conference in Rhode Island Superior Court in July of 2004, where he was to face numerous counts of child molestation.
He fled to avoid prosecution and was listed on the Rhode Island State Police website as one of the state's 10 most-wanted fugitives.
After more than a decade on the loose, FBI agents in Boston got a tip on where the man was living.
A 38-year-old man suspected of fondling four girls, ages 10 to 11, while coaching a kickball tournament in Texas was arrested and faces a charge of indecency with a child by contact.
Four girls reported being inappropriately touched while playing. One of the girls told authorities the coach touched her breast when she went to retrieve a ball that had landed next to him. Another girl said she was touched in the “wrong spot” by him and felt uncomfortable.
A former youth football coach has been sentenced to life in prison on child molestation charges.
The 61-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation. He also was ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.
He was found guilty in January of molesting a young man on multiple occasions between 1990 and 1997.
The man’s lawyer says his client maintains his innocence and will appeal.
A youth sports coach in Missouri who worked with girls has been charged with using a false Facebook identity to seek explicit photos from women and girls ranging in age from 15 to 20.
After speaking with investigators, the 39-year-old said he created a Facebook account for a fictitious person. With this account, he contacted girls and women from 15 to 20.
The investigation eventually determined that the man had communications with two girls who were 15 and 16 years old. He repeatedly asked them personal questions about their bodies and asked them to send naked pictures.
Many of the girls the man contacted were known to him through his position as an assistant sports coach in the area.
According to a sworn statement from an investigator, the man said he knew the girls he had contacted were underage and that what he was doing was wrong.
An East Texas youth baseball coach was arrested in Shreveport, La., for the purpose of allegedly meeting underage boys for sex.
The 26-year-old was arrested at a location where he thought he would be meeting two juvenile boys and their father, according to detectives.
Detectives began investigating the man after he placed a publicly viewable online ad. Detectives responded to the ad under an assumed identity of an adult male with two juvenile boys, ages 8 and 12.
Police say a detective and the coach had several text conversations during which he stated his intentions.
The coach told the detective’s assumed identity that he would be driving to Shreveport with the intent to perform sexual acts on the two juvenile boys after he finished assistant coaching a baseball team of 7- and 8-year-old boys.
A female youth baseball coach in Indiana has been charged with sexting one of her 14-year-old players.
The 38-year-old woman faces four counts of child solicitation and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a minor – all felony charges. Authorities say some of the texts sent to the boy showed her partially naked.
Court records show a forensic examination of the woman’s cell phone revealed she researched websites about the legality of sexting with minors.
She could face up to three-years in prison on each of the counts.
A 26-year-old basketball coach in Philadelphia was charged with aggravated assaulted after he fired a gun during a Saturday afternoon youth basketball game at a recreation center.
Investigators say at some point the man got into an argument with spectators and an opposing coach about the game. The situation became heated and he pulled out his weapon, firing once.
Lt. John Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department told ABC’s WPVT-TV: “Unfortunately, he doesn’t abide by the rules that he should as a coach in reducing conflict and he creates a conflict, lets it go up a little higher, and then makes a stupid mistake of pulling out a gun.”
No one was injured, but detectives charged the coach because he could have called 911 if he felt he was in danger.
A volunteer youth basketball coach in Illinois has been charged with having inappropriate contact with one of her players at a sleepover, according to county prosecutors.
Bail was set at $100,000 for the 22-year-old, who is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, authorities said.
She is charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female middle school student where she was volunteering as a girls basketball coach.
The abuse allegedly occurred during a sleepover at a player's residence, according to police. She accompanied some of the girls on the team to a movie that night, and she then spent the night with them at the sleepover, authorities said.
A 46-year-old woman from Laguna Niguel, Calif., was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two members of her son's youth hockey team, prosecutors said.
In addition to her sentence, the woman will have to register as a lifetime sex offender.
Prosecutors said the woman had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy in her bedroom on four occasions between July 2010 and July 2011. She also gave the boy alcohol, and on another occasion encouraged the boy and a teen girl to drink alcohol during a party at her home, prosecutors said.
On one occasion between April 2006 and April 2008, prosecutors said the woman engaged in sex acts with a 14-year-old boy during a sleepover.
A jury found her guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with the 16-year-old boy, as well as two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, prosecutors said.
She pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child in the case of the 14-year-old, prosecutors said.
A fight following a youth soccer game in Orlando, Fla., left one teen with a concussion and another facing a potential felony battery charge.
The incident happened at the close of the championship match of the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex between the under-16 teams for Orlando FC/QPR Academy and Pachuca FC Miami.
“What made this insane was that the parents cleared the bench,” a father of an Orlando player told the Orlando Sentinel. “The parents on their team helped their children. They even hit some kids on our team. A grandparent was punched in the chest, and his pacemaker went off. He was on the ground.”
The dad of another Orlando player told the Sentinel: “I heard this commotion and I saw a bunch of Miami's parents running out on the field. I saw our goalkeeper on the ground being pummeled by two or three of their guys. My son said he got hit by a mother on their side.”
Sheriff's deputies were called to a youth baseball game because of a fight between a parent and a coach in New York.
According to the 49-year-old coach, a parent of one of the players came onto the field in the first inning and was yelling and swearing at him about his child not playing.
The coach said both men were swearing at each other when the parent threw a punch, knocking the coach's hat off. The coach said he defended himself by throwing a couple of punches and taking the parent to the ground.
The coach said the parent got up and left the area with his child.
Deputies contacted the parent, who verified the coach's story.
A youth soccer coach in Florida accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy on his team was arrested on three counts of lewd or lascivious conduct on a minor.
Police said the 44-year-old coach is accused of molesting one of his soccer players on more than one occasion. Police said the alleged acts occurred at the coach’s home and the soccer field's clubhouse.
Detectives said the coach would buy shoes and other gifts for the boy and "would take him anywhere he wanted to go," according to the arrest report.
The report stated that the boy told the coach on several occasions to stop touching him, but as the coach’s advances continued the boy told his parents, who then notified police.
Two youth football teams and their cheerleaders in Florida were barred from the championship game because the football conference says seven of the 34 cheerleaders performed their routines during a barbecue at the home of an assistant coach.
The impromptu routine made it onto Facebook, where officials with the conference saw it. The cheerleaders performed to music and were wearing their uniforms, which violated a rule about how often players may practice. Extra practice time gives a team, or cheerleading squad, a competitive edge, conference officials said.
About 30 children ages 9 to 12 were disqualified from taking part in the championship game.
According to reports, an assistant cheerleading coach hosted a barbecue following a cheer competition. Someone turned on music and seven cheerleaders who were in uniform began to cheer.
Three peewee hockey coaches in Nova Scotia who were accused of using foul language and offering players cash for hits during games were suspended for one year.
Parents of some players on the team told CBC News that coaches taped a $5 bill to the dressing room wall as an incentive for the player who could deliver the biggest hit in the game.
Other allegations included cursing and using derogatory language toward players.
The coaches denied the allegations and said they were either false or blown out of proportion.
One father told reporters his son's confidence was eroded by the coaches and he dreaded going to practice because he believed he would be singled out or sworn at.
“He was subjected to a lot of derogatory language, a lot of humiliating comments, name-calling,” the father said. “A lot of the kids left the environment in tears, not from physical incidents but emotional incidents.”
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