A 53-year-old Maryland man who worked as a swim coach and has operated a swim club at the municipal pool in Laurel for the last three summers remains behind bars in Montgomery County for sexual offense charges.
According to WBAL-TV, the coach was charged with four counts of sex offense and one count of child abuse.He has a $50,000 bond.
According to court documents, the man was arrested after a woman allegedly told police that he had involved her in sex acts with him over a period of time dating back to her childhood. The woman reportedly told police that he had started the abuse back when she was about 7 years old. She also said that the crimes allegedly occurred on numerous occasions between 1984 and 1989.
WBAL-TV also reported that the man knew the girl’s family and had on occasion been a babysitter for the girl. Authorities in Montgomery County believe that some of this abuse may have occurred while he was babysitting for her.
Although there have been no allegations of inappropriate behavior made toward the man from other members of the swim club in Laurel, police have not ruled out the possibility that other victims may still come forward.
Sexual assault charges involving children and minors are serious in nature and can result in serious damage to the life, reputation and career of a defendant. This is particularly true if they work in situations where they are around young people. An experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney may be able to help a person charged with such crimes present their case and possibly help lessen the impact on their future.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Swim coach arrested on sex offense charges has ties to Laurel, police say” Amanda Yeager, Apr. 25, 2014