Former coach, son, 14, indicted on rape charges

June 13, 1991|By Joel McCord and Jay Apperson

The former coach of a roller skating team and his 14-year-old son have been indicted on charges they raped one of the son's girlfriends at a skating rink in Howard County and in their trailer home in Jessup.

The 37-year-old former coach also has been charged with raping another of the son's girlfriends, a regular at the rink.

The Jessup man, who is on parole after serving part of a prison sentence for daytime housebreaking, is charged with first-degree rape, child abuse and first-degree sex offenses in cases involving a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl.

He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing today in District Court in Anne Arundel County.

His son faces similar charges as a juvenile in connection with incidents with the 12-year-old, which took place between July 1990 and January 1991.

The former coach, whose name is being withheld by The Sun to protect the juveniles in the case, said yesterday that the charges are "pure unadulterated b-------."

"You think I'd be stupid enough, with a wife and kids, to do something like that while I'm on parole?" he said. "They got no evidence. It's their word against ours."

The former coach, who said he also did maintenance and security work at the rink, left his job there in March.

He was arrested May 21 and charged in the case involving the 12-year-old.

He has been free since posting bond May 30, when District Judge Clayton Greene reduced bail from $50,000 to $25,000. The 14-year-old boy was in the custody of his parents.

Detective Jay Clark of the Anne Arundel County Police Department's sex offense unit said the 12-year-oldgirl was a member of a roller skating team that the Jessup man coached.

He said information about the second girl surfaced last week as prosecutors were preparing to present the first case to a grand jury. Prosecutors got indictments in both cases.

According to the District Court file, the man allegedly first raped the 12-year-old last July in a room at the skating center.

The girl told authorities the coach and his son held her down and undressed her. The coach pinned her arms and allegedly raped her after the son left the room, then the son returned and raped her, she said.

The owner of the Howard County skating rink could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The charging document says the coach told the 12-year-old he had videotaped the rape and threatened to show it to people if she did not consent to more. Other incidents occurred in August, October and December 1990 and in January at the family's trailer in Jessup, accordingto court records.

The 14-year-old girl allegedly was assaulted at the trailer on several occasions last April and May.

Neighbors in Jessup say the family has lived at the trailer park about seven years. The accused man has lived there since he was released from prison five years ago.

Some are talking about circulating a petition asking the owners to evict him.

"You've got to be afraid to let your kids out to play," said Theresa Richey, who lives in the trailer park.

Another resident, Sandy Klaes, said that she had been friendly with the coach's wife but that their friendship dimmed after his parole.

"She's scared of him," Mrs. Klaes said. "He's got some kind of control over her and the kids." The couple has three children.

The former coach complained that news about the rape charges has hurt his family. Their neighbors have shunned his wife and three children, he said.

"And the other kids in the neighborhood won't play with us," his 14-year-old son said yesterday.

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