On Jan. 16, a 43-year-old former New Jersey basketball coach was indicted on sexual assault charges after he was accused of being involved with two boys in 2010 and 2011. Additionally, the former coach, who also acted as a recreation director, was charged with offenses stemming from alleged sexually explicit conversations with two other boys.
He was first accused of engaging in multiple sex acts with an underage boy between June 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2011. Prosecutors stated that the alleged incidents occurred while the accused man was acting as a coach and recreation director in Middlesex County. He was also accused with engaging in sex acts with a 15-year-old boy in Jackson Township in 1995. The charges were filed when the boy, who is now an adult, contacted authorities regarding the incident. In addition to the alleged sex acts, the man was also accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old boy and to a 21-year-old basketball player.
The former basketball coach was ultimately charged with 25 counts by a Middlesex County grand jury. The charges included child endangerment, sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and engaging in a pattern of official misconduct among others.
Being charged with a sex crime can have serious legal and professional consequences. Not only may an accused person face a jail sentence, they may also lose professional licenses that they hold or may be unable to work with children in the future. A defense attorney may have a strategy that results in the case being dismissed or the in the charges and penalties being reduced. For example, the attorney may present evidence demonstrating that the accused person was misidentified and not actually involved in the alleged assault. If there is evidence, it may also be argued that the alleged assault never occurred.
Source: NBC New York, "Former New Jersey Basketball Coach Indicted on Sex Assault, Misconduct Charges: Prosecutors," Associated Press, Jan. 22, 2015