Coach admits guilt in child abuse case Kiewe enters plea deal in Circuit Court BALTIMORE COUNTY

September 24, 1993|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Staff Writer

`TC Ron Kiewe's career as a soccer coach and child molester might have continued indefinitely if the father of one of his victims had not found them together on March 25 -- with the boy partially undressed.

Kiewe, 35, of the 100 block of Hammershire Road in Reisterstown pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday to one count of child abuse involving fondling an 11-year-old.

The prosecutor dropped 23 other charges involving similar acts with four other boys as part of a plea bargain.

Prosecutor Scott Shellenberger said he will ask Judge J. Norris Byrnes to give Kiewe five years in prison and suspend all but 60 days when he sentences Kiewe Nov. 29.

Mr. Shellenberger said he will also recommend that Kiewe serve five years of supervised probation under several conditions:

* That Kiewe successfully complete a sexual counseling program approved by the Department of Parole and Probation. Kiewe said he is under psychiatric treatment now.

* That Kiewe not coach, teach or have any affiliation with a soccer or any sports team that has members younger than age 18.

* That Kiewe never be alone with a child younger than 18.

* That Kiewe sever all ties with recreation departments in all jurisdictions and not become affiliated with any department.

Kiewe worked as a supervisor for the Baltimore County Department of Parks and Recreation in the northwestern area about six years ago.

Judge Byrnes noted that the plea agreement is not binding on him and that he could choose to imprison Kiewe for up to 15 years.

According to the parents of the boy whose case was heard, Kiewe still operates a soccer camp although he has been dismissed from the staff of a Cockeysville sports center.

The families of several of Kiewe's other victims were in court yesterday.

Mr. Shellenberger explained that he prosecuted Kiewe on this particular charge because there was "adult corroboration" from the boy's parents to support the case.

According to a statement of facts presented in court, the boy spent the day with Kiewe on March 25 for what the parents were told was a team makeup practice and dinner. They had already refused the coach's request that the boy be allowed to sleep over at his house. It was not until later that they learned it was a solo practice session with their son.

The statement of facts showed that Kiewe and the boy practiced several times during the day. The sessions were followed by showers and then fondling as the two watched television.

About 10 p.m., the boy's father telephoned that he was coming to pick up his son. But what Kiewe did not know was that the father had called from his car only a short distance away.

When the father arrived minutes later, he found his son clad only in underwear.

The family notified police after hearing their son's description of the day's event.

On May 3, with police recording the conversation, the boy's mother telephoned Kiewe and he admitted lying on the sofa with the boy and putting his arm around the child's waist.

After Kiewe's arrest was reported, other families came forward with complaints that he had also molested their sons. Although the other charges were dropped, Mr. Shellenberger reserved the right to present evidence and victim impact statements about them when Kiewe is sentenced.

When Kiewe was arrested, police said, child-abuse investigators already knew of a fondling incident involving Kiewe that had occurred in July 1991, when Kiewe was working at a soccer camp in Sparks operated by former Baltimore Blast star Keith Van Eron.

Police said the parents did not press charges at that time because they did not want to put their son, then 10, through the ordeal of testifying in court.

But after receiving a report of the March incident, police went back to the parents in the 1991 case and they agreed to press charges.

The charge resulting from the 1991 incident was among those dropped as part of the plea bargain.

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