House Approves Bill to Punish Sports Officials Who Sexually Assault Underage Athletes

On November 13, the state House approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) that would establish specific guidelines to punish athletic coaches, trainers or other sports officials who have sex with a child-athlete who is under 18 years old.

“Playing sports can be a valuable part of many children’s lives,” Vereb said. “We want to make sure that playing sports remains a safe and valuable experience for our kids. At the same time, parents should be able to trust the coaches, trainers and other athletic officials who spend time with their children.”

The bill comes after the conviction of William “Billy” Gordon, a private volleyball coach and personal trainer from Montgomery County, for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he coached and mentored.

Vereb’s bill would create the offense of “sexual assault by a sports official,” which would carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Mike Vereb represents the 150th legislative district of Pennsylvania.

Source:

House Approves Vereb Bill with Local Tie to Punish Sports Officials Who Sexually Assault Underage Athletes. State Representative Mike Vereb. 13 November 2013. Web. www.repvereb.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=19024

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