Soccer Coach Gary Beckman Accused of Sexually Abusing 2 Soccer Players
A soccer coach who worked for multiple schools in southeastern Minnesota has been accused of criminal sexual activity with two girls he knew through soccer-related activities. 31-year-old Gary Beckman is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for the case involving the first victim, and first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the second case.
The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Beckman in March when a 14-year-old girl came forward. The girl told investigators that Beckman inappropriately touched her during an off-season soccer training session at Dover-Eyota High School in December 2018.
As authorities investigated this first allegation, they discovered another case of possible sexual abuse involving another 14-year-old girl that Beckman knew through soccer. In that case, Beckman is accused of sexually abusing the girl between July 2016 and December 2017, when he was the soccer coach at Winona High School.
Beckman was also an interim soccer coach for Winona State in 2017 and has coached for Rochester Youth Soccer.
Authorities believe that there could be other victims and have encouraged anyone with information related to this case to come forward.
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Legal Options For Victims of Sexual Abuse by High School Sports Coaches
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some general thoughts on the legal options available to high school sports abuse survivors and their families:
Sexual predators are often close to their victims and found in positions of trust and authority. These predators regularly seek out positions in fields where they’ll regularly work with children. It’s vital that our schools stay aware of the risks these predators pose and that they do all in their power to keep sexual predators away from their students.
In cases of sexual abuse involving school employees and students, it’s important to both prosecute the offender and determine if the school was negligent in a way that enabled the abuse to occur. For example, if the abuser had a history of sexual abuse but was hired because the school didn’t run a background check, the victims and their families might have grounds for a lawsuit against the school for negligence.
If you or your child is a survivor of sexual abuse by a school employee, your family may have options for justice. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking with one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers in a free consultation.
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