A Maryland court convicted a youth soccer coach of child rape after he was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting one of his own players, as reported by Capital Gazette.
Eris Murray, 56, was found guilty of felony sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense and sodomy. An Anne Arundel County jury convicted him of abusing one of his former players on two occasions. This abuse started when the boy was just 8-years-old and concluded when he was 12, court records have indicated.
Police were contacted in October by the county Department of Social Services, which received an allegation of sexual abuse involving the 56-year-old. The abuse began in 2009 and ended in 2013, according to court transcripts.
The unnamed victim was friends with Murray’s son and the abuse began one night when he went over his house for a sleepover. Instead of finding the son, the victim found Murray, who sexually assaulted the child, charging documents state.
According to Capital Gazette, a second incident occurred just six months later. The boy fell asleep on a couch and woke up in Murray’s bed, after having already been raped.
In December, he turned himself in but pleaded not guilty to all charges. However, he was convicted by a jury of his peers on Monday of all counts. Murray has yet to face a sentencing hearing but he could spend as much as 45 years behind bars.
A spokesman for the youth soccer league noted that Murray only coached when his son was a player and has not been with the team since.
Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams issued a statement, obtained by Odenton Patch, encouraging victims of abuse to step forward
“I encourage any victim of sexual abuse, no matter when or where the abuse occurred, to contact my office or the local police.”
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