According to WCJB, two boys have made allegations that they were sexually abused by a basketball coach from Bronson Middle/High School located at 351 Ishie Ave, Bronson, FL 32621.
On separate occasions, two teenage boys reported that they were sexually abused by 39-year-old Bill McCall at his Gainesville home. Allegedly, the middle/high school coach invited the victims over to his home in the Bellamy Grand Apartments and inappropriately touched their genitals. McCall is also being charged with threatening one victim into sending nude photos. Additionally, the coach has been accused of taking photos and recording the victims while at his home.
McCall was arrested on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. He is facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, lewd and lascivious battery, use of a communication device to facilitate a felony, and child cruelty. The detectives suspect there may be more victims.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard represents school sex abuse victims in the state of Florida. As an experienced school sexual abuse lawyer, Michael helps victims and their families get the justice they deserve by filing civil lawsuits.
"It is the responsibility of schools and their districts to ensure that all students are safe from preventable dangers, including sexual abuse at the hand of a coach or teacher. This safety commitment continues through extracurricular activities and sporting functions. Lately, there have been many reports of sexual predators gaining employment as coaches within middle and high schools. These positions allow these predators to work closely with children gaining their trust. However, it is the school and district's responsibility to ensure that the coaches and staff have undergone background checks to reduce the risk. Furthermore, any reports of misconduct should be forwarded to the authorities for a full investigation. Failure to provide sufficient safety measures can result in the school being held liable."
"When a basketball coach is arrested for sexual abuse, officials should investigate both the coach and the school's safety procedures. It is important to determine if the abuse could have been prevented. In many negligence cases, the victim and their family may have sufficient reasons to file a lawsuit. Victims should discuss their potential case with an experienced school sex abuse lawyer to learn more."