Former youth basketball coach charged with raping multiple girls
In allegations that go back more than two decades, a Springfield, Missouri man is accused of sexually abusing at least six girls as young as 9 or 10 years of age.
The 52-year-old faces 10 counts of sexual assaults including child molestation, statutory sodomy and statutory rape.
He was a youth basketball coach during much of the time of the alleged incidents.
Investigators interviewing women who alleged the assaults when they were juveniles were told the accused would fondle or assault them when left alone by the girls’ parents for brief times and would later contrive to be alone with the girls when he would rape or sexually assault them in vacant houses or in automobiles, according to court documents.
The individual, who also has prior felony convictions for burglary and stealing, could face sentences up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.