Authorities in Louisiana say a kids’ baseball coach is facing criminal charges related to the alleged sexual battery of multiple juveniles.
According to WDSU, 49-year-old William Carter Mehrhoff is accused of molesting a boy he met through his volunteer position at the Lakeshore Playground.
That boy was 10 years old when the alleged abuse began in 1994 and investigators believe it lasted for years.
A more recent allegation involves the claim of another 10-year-old boy who claims Mehrhoff followed him into a bedroom and touched him inappropriately as he tried to take a nap during a family visit to the coach’s home in Metairie in 2014 or 2015.
Police records indicate the suspect was arrested on Saturday when officers found him at his home in response to a complaint that he had been harassing workers in the wake of Hurricane Barry, as reported by WWL. Local law enforcement had already secured an arrest warrant in connection with the most recent accuser’s statement.
As of the latest reports available, Mehrhoff remained behind bars at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center and is expected to face criminal charges including sexual battery.
Investigators say the case remains open and are asking anyone with information related to these or any other allegations against Mehrhoff to contact Detective Jeff Jobin by calling 504-364-5300.
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[Featured image: William Mehrhoff, handout]