Friday, June 5, 2009

TN: Volunteer coach charged with sex abuse

June 04, 2009 11:15 EDT

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- A volunteer coach for an elementary school basketball team has been charged with sexually abusing teenage girls.

The Paducah Sun reports that 46-year-old Donald Richard of Fancy Farm was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of sodomy, sexual abuse and using a minor in a sexual performance. The charges involve four girls.

Richard pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday and Graves District Judge Deborah Crooks ordered that he be assigned a public defender.

Richard has served as a volunteer assistant basketball coach for Fancy Farm Elementary School for the last two years.

Graves County School District spokesman says Paul Schaumburg says a background check of Richard came back approved. According to court records, he has no prior criminal record.


Information from: The Paducah Sun,

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