According to 21 Alive News, Dustan Mohr, a former MLB outfielder for the Minnesota Twins and former assistant baseball coach at Northrop High School, has been arrested and charged with a series of serious crimes involving minors. Officials from the Allen County Sheriff's Department revealed that Mohr was taken into custody on Wednesday and is now facing a slew of charges that have sent shockwaves through the community.
The charges filed against Mohr include Dissemination of matter or conducting performance harmful to minors (Level 6), Child Seduction (Level 5), Sexual Misconduct with a Minor (Level 5), and multiple counts of Child Solicitation (Level 5 and Level 4). These charges stem from alleged incidents involving a young victim who was reportedly just thirteen years old when she began training at the Strike Zone Training Center located at 4141 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46805, under the supervision of Mohr.
Court documents detail a distressing timeline of events that transpired between Mohr and the victim. Reportedly, when the victim began her training, she informed Mohr that she was only thirteen years old, while Mohr, who was 47 years old at the time, allegedly continued to engage in inappropriate interactions. The incidents are said to have escalated when the victim reached the age of fourteen, according to investigators.
An investigator present during an interview at the Bill Lewis Center for Children on June 29 revealed that the victim recounted a disturbing sequence of events. Initially, their conversations were centered around softball, a sport in which Mohr held an instructor role. However, the conversations took a dark turn as Mohr reportedly started sending sexually explicit messages to the young victim.
As per court documents, these explicit messages became increasingly frequent and explicit in nature, with Mohr allegedly expressing his desire to engage in sexual activities with the minor. The documents also state that the victim claimed Mohr touched her inappropriately during a car ride.
In a disheartening revelation, the victim further disclosed that Mohr had made sexual comments toward her during training sessions. Shockingly, Mohr is said to have provided the minor with a phone containing sexually explicit images of himself.
In the wake of unsettling incidents involving coaches and minors, understanding the legal avenues available to victims becomes paramount. We sat down with sexual assault attorney, Jeff Gibson, Esq., based in Indiana, to shed light on the crucial topic of coach-related sexual assault. In this insightful interview, Jeff Gibson unravels the complexities of pursuing civil cases, seeking compensation, and the vital role such actions play in empowering survivors. As we delve into the conversation, victims and their supporters alike can gain a deeper understanding of their rights and options in the pursuit of justice and healing.
Darla Medina (DM): Good evening. Thank you for being here, Jeff.
Jeff Gibson, Esq. (JG): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's important to shed light on legal avenues for victims of such heinous crimes.
DM: Absolutely. In light of the recent arrest of the coach, many are concerned about the well-being of victims and what actions they can take. Can you walk us through what victims of coach-related sexual assault might consider in terms of legal recourse?
JG: Certainly, Darla. Victims of coach-related sexual assault often face immense emotional and psychological trauma. In addition to criminal charges against the perpetrator, survivors may have the option to pursue civil litigation. A civil case allows victims to seek compensation for the damages they've endured due to the actions of the coach and anyone else who might be found accountable.
DM: And how would such a civil case proceed? What steps would victims need to take?
JG: Victims would typically need to consult with an attorney experienced in handling cases of this nature. The attorney would begin by conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the assault, gathering evidence and witness testimonies. They would then help the victim file a lawsuit against the coach, the institution, or any other parties responsible for enabling or covering up the abuse.
DM: That sounds like a complex process. What kind of compensation could victims potentially receive?
JG: The compensation sought in civil cases varies based on the specifics of each case, but it can cover a range of damages. This might include medical expenses, therapy costs, emotional distress, loss of income, and pain and suffering. The aim is to provide financial relief to victims and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
DM: How does the civil process intersect with the criminal proceedings in cases like these?
JG: The criminal and civil processes are separate but related. Criminal cases are brought by the government to seek punishment for the perpetrator. A successful criminal case can sometimes strengthen the victim's civil case, as it establishes the wrongdoing. However, even if the criminal case doesn't result in a conviction, victims can still pursue a civil case to seek justice and compensation.
DM: Thank you for clarifying that, Jeff. It's crucial information for our audience. What advice do you have for victims who may be considering pursuing a civil case?
JG: First and foremost, I encourage victims to seek support from family, friends, and professionals who specialize in trauma and recovery. It's also important to consult with an experienced attorney who can guide them through the legal process. Most importantly, victims should know that they're not alone, and there are legal options available to help them reclaim their lives and hold those responsible accountable.
DM: Thank you so much, Jeff, for sharing your insights on this sensitive matter. Your expertise is invaluable in helping victims understand their rights and options.
JG: Thank you, Darla. It's crucial that we continue to raise awareness about these issues and provide guidance to those who need it.