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Arlington, VA - Former WVU Women's Basketball Coach, George Porcha, Accused of Sexually Abusing Two Minors at Washington-Liberty High School

Arlington, VA - Former WVU Women's Basketball Coach, George Porcha, Accused of Sexually Abusing Two Minors at Washington-Liberty High School
Published: February 20, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 20, 2024

Former VA High School Girl's Basketball Coach Charged with Sexually Abusing Two Minors

According to a news release on January 23, 2024, the Arlington County Police Department's Special Victims Unit is investigating a former high school basketball coach who has been charged with sexually-based offenses. Authorities are also urging potential additional victims to come forward. The allegations stem from 2000 - 2003 and were said to have involved two students at Washington-Liberty High School (formerly Washington-Lee High School) located at 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201.

The former coach, identified as George Porcha, 53, from Winterville, NC, served as a girls' basketball coach at the high school during the early 2000s. In October 2022, the police initiated an investigation after receiving information about possible offenses involving minors that occurred between 2000 and 2003, as stated in a police news release.

During the course of their investigation, the police identified two juvenile female victims who were students at Washington-Liberty High School at the time of the incidents. Porcha now faces charges of carnal knowledge of a minor and taking indecent liberties with children. This remains an active criminal investigation, and the police are urging any additional victims to come forward and share their information with the authorities. 

Over the years, Porcha has had an extensive career in the Virginia basketball scene, having served as the head coach for the girls' basketball team at Alexandria City High School (previously T.C. Williams High School) from 2004 to 2007 and the boys' basketball team at Woodbridge High School from 2014 to 2016.

Additionally, Porcha had worked as an assistant coach for various women's basketball programs, including Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, and Boston College. The Roanoke Times reported that Porcha had previously been associated with Virginia Tech but was released from his position by the Hokies in the fall of 2022.

As this investigation unfolds, we will continue to provide updates on any significant developments or statements from the authorities. The Arlington County Police are deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community, particularly its young members, and are working diligently to uncover the truth and bring justice to any potential victims.

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Legal Options and Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse by High School Coaches

Following the disturbing allegations surrounding a former high school basketball coach facing charges of sex crimes involving minors, the path to justice and healing for the victims and their families becomes paramount. In this interview, Virginia child abuse lawyer Kevin Biniazan, Esq., highlights the legal options available to sex abuse victims and their families, particularly in pursuing civil cases against those liable. Discover the insights and guidance provided by Attorney Biniazan as he addresses the sensitive topic of seeking justice and compensation for victims of sexual abuse at a high school.

Darla Medina (DM): Good evening. Thank you for being here, Mr. Biniazan.

Kevin Biniazan, Esq. (KB): Thank you, Darla. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss such an important topic.

DM: Absolutely. In light of the recent news, many people may be wondering what options are available to the victims and their families in seeking justice. Can you go over this?

KB: Certainly. In cases of sexual abuse, victims and their families may have the option to pursue a civil case against the liable parties. It's important to note that criminal charges address the offender's criminal liability, while civil cases focus on seeking compensation for the victims' damages, such as emotional distress, medical expenses, and therapy costs.

DM: That's a crucial distinction. Could you explain the process of pursuing a civil case in such situations?

KB: Of course. When considering a civil case, it's essential for victims and their families to consult with an experienced child abuse attorney. The attorney will evaluate the case, gather evidence, and determine the liability of all parties involved, including the perpetrator, school authorities, and any other individuals or institutions that may be responsible for the victim's safety.

DM: What factors are taken into account when determining liability in these cases?

KB: Liability can vary depending on the circumstances. In some cases involving a high school coach, the school district may be held liable for the coach's actions if they failed to properly screen, train, or supervise their staff. Additionally, if there were any indications or reports of misconduct that the school ignored or failed to address, they may be held accountable.

DM: That's important information for the victims and their families to consider. Are there any time limitations or deadlines they should be aware of?

KB: Yes, time limitations, often referred to as statutes of limitations, vary from state to state. In Virginia, there are specific deadlines for filing civil lawsuits related to child sexual abuse. It's crucial for victims and their families to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to understand their rights and the applicable deadlines.

DM: Thank you for highlighting that. Lastly, what else would you like to say to school sex abuse victims and their families who may be watching this interview?

KB: To victims and their families, I want to say that you are not alone. It takes great strength to come forward and seek justice. Consult with an experienced child abuse attorney who can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Remember, your voices matter, and together, we can work towards healing and holding accountable those responsible for these heinous acts.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Biniazan, for sharing your expertise and shedding light on this important topic. We appreciate your time.

KB: Thank you, Darla. It's been a privilege to be here and raise awareness about the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse.



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