Youth Baseball Coach Joseph Frappier Charged with Sexually Assaulting, Providing Alcohol to Minors
Livingston County youth baseball coach Joseph Mark Frappier was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly sexually assaulting at least two teenage players and providing them with alcohol.
The 49-year-old coach has been charged with one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Police began investigating Frappier for allegedly sexually assaulting two underage boys at his home in Harland Township multiple times between 2015 and 2019. Police say that he knew the boys through his position as their youth baseball coach.
Frappier is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary examination on December 10. This investigation remains ongoing and detectives have encouraged other possible victims to come forward by contacting the Livingston County Central Dispatch at 517-546-9111 or Detective Curt Novara at 517-540-7952.
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Legal Recourse For Youth Sports Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now serves victims as a civil sexual abuse victims attorney. Here is Brian with some general info on the legal rights of youth sports sex abuse victims and their families:
Youth sports organizations and other organizations working with kids have a legal and moral duty to make sure these children are safe. Tragically, sexual predators often seek out employment and volunteer opportunities in fields that involve working with children. Adequate safeguards must be in place for protecting these children from sexual predators.
In cases of sexual abuse by youth sports coaches, the victims and their families may have legal rights in both criminal and civil courts. Along with reporting the abuse to law enforcement for a criminal investigation, there are some situations in which these victims and families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the youth sports organization.
For instance, a youth sports organization may be held liable in a lawsuit if negligence allowed the abuse to occur – such as hiring coaches without first running background checks.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse by a youth sports coach, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers.
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