Coach faces new abuse charges

July 19, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer

The Columbia youth baseball coach who was accused of sexually molesting one of his players is facing new charges of child abuse in two cases involving players from other teams he coached.

Tracy Kevin Ward, 24, of the 5400 block of Cedar Lane, was charged Monday with two counts of child abuse and two counts of fourth-degree sexual offense in incidents involving a wrestler and a basketball player. The charges follow Ward's arrest in May for allegedly masturbating on a 14-year-old Columbia Mets baseball player during a pitching practice in Long Reach.

When the recent incidents were alleged to have occurred, Ward was midway through a five-year probation period for sexually molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1989. At the time, he was working as a counselor at Boys Village of Maryland in Cheltenham, a state juvenile facility.

Ward was on maximum probation and was required to meet monthly with his probation officer. Susan Kaskie, spokeswoman for Division of Parole and Probation, would not immediately comment as to why Ward's probation officer did not know he was in contact with youths -- an apparent violation of his probation.

The youths who are making the new allegations contacted police after publicity about Ward's arrest in May.

The recent charges include allegations by a 13-year-old Running Rebel basketball player, who said Ward called him to winter practices where he required him to do exercises.

Ward called the 13-year-old to special practices twice, once at Oakland Mills High School and once at Wilde Lake High School. Ward required the teen-ager to lie on his stomach and raise his arms and legs at the same time in secluded areas of the schools.

At Wilde Lake, Ward allegedly took the teen-ager behind a stage hidden by a curtain and sat on his buttocks as he did the exercises. The teen-ager said the coach apparently masturbated during the exercise.

In the other instance, a 14-year-old wrestling player cried as Ward allegedly got on top of him and moved back and forth. Ward had told the youth to lie on his stomach so he could show him some wrestling moves, according to charging documents.

The youth begged Ward to get off just before the youth's brother arrived to drive him home. The youth told police he felt his coach was sexually aroused and apparently masturbated while he was on the ground.

Ward told the youth not to speak about the incident, according to charging documents.

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