Youth basketball coach Brian Kidd has been accused of sexually abusing a girl who played for his team. Kidd is charged with six counts of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian.
The girl's father contacted the police to report that Kidd was involved in a sexual relationship with his daughter.
Court documents allege that Kidd abused the girl in his vehicle. According to these documents, Kidd admitted to police that he and the teen had sexual contact on several occassions in his vehicle. Some of these encounters happened following basketball practices. Kidd admitted that he was aware of the minor's age and that he knew what he was doing was wrong.
Kidd remains jailed at Southern Regional Jail under a $250,000 bond.
Attorney contributor Paul Bucci represents victims of sexual abuse, helping them and their families fight for justice in civil courts. Here are a few thoughts from Paul on the legal options available to youth sports sex abuse victims and their families:
Youth sports have many benefits for our young people. In some cases, those who coach in youth sports leagues can even be mentors for their players. But sadly, this field also has a high potential for abuse by sexual predators.
It's important to make sure that players in youth sports leagues are safe from the threat of sexual predators. When a player comes forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a coach, it's also important to determine if the league failed in their legal duty to protect their players.
In some cases of youth sports sexual abuse, the abuse may have been prevented if not for negligence. In these cases, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit.
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse by a youth sports coach, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victims attorney.