We have said over and over again how serious sex crimes can be and that even the smallest accusation can have horrendous consequences on a Maryland resident's career, personal life or living situation. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that Montgomery County police only arrest and prosecutors only charge someone with a sexual assault when there is sufficient evidence. Anyone who believes that he or she has been unfairly targeted of a sex crimes case should work with his or her attorney to clear his or her name and attempt to rebuild a life shattered by an accusation.
Since a 20-year-old high-school basketball coach was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with one of her student-athletes, her reputation with the local community has been severely tarnished. While she has not been fired from the school district in which she works, she has been placed on administrative leave and will be subject to an internal investigation.
Local newspapers and media sources have dug up her previous work history, but there has been no indication of any previous allegations. It is unclear, however, how long her school district will continue to employ her as public opinion starts to question the woman's innocence.
The 20-year-old was found with a student in a nearby park at approximately 9 p.m. when a police officer arrested her. According to the officer, it appeared that the two young women were engaged in sexual activity in the moments preceding the arrest. Although the coach was taken into custody, she has yet to face any criminal charges and the county prosecutor has not yet decided whether charges will be filed.
Now, as the woman awaits the prosecutor's decision, she must watch as her future potentially falls apart, all because the officer's decision to arrest her.
Source: Star Tribune, "Police: Blaine girls' basketball coach seen engaged in sex with ninth-grader," Paul Walsh and Maria Elena Baca, March 30, 2012