Former Marlins of Raleigh Coach Charged With Sex Crimes
Police have arrested a former coach for the Marlins of Raleigh swim team after he was accused of sexually abusing a child. 32-year-old Nicholas John Walkotten has been charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15.
Walkotten was fired as a coach with the Marlins of Raleigh on August 2. According to warrants, the alleged crimes occurred on or between June 1 and August 1.
According to the head coach of the Marlins of Raleigh, Walkotten was fired immediately following the allegations. The US Center for SafeSport – a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating sexual abuse and assault in sports – was also notified.
Walkotten is currently being held at Wake County Detention Center under a $2 million bond.
Legal Rights For Victims of Child Sex Abuse By Sports Coaches
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has extensive experience fighting for the rights of sexual abuse victims. Here are some of his thoughts on how the legal system can help survivors of child sexual abuse:
Coaches are some of the most important members of our community. Youth sports leagues help our kids develop useful skills both on and off the field, and a good coach can act as a mentor to the kids they coach and have a positive influence on their lives. But unfortunately, a small number of youth sports coaches are sexual predators who use their positions of trust to abuse children.
When a coach sexually abuses a child, both the criminal justice and civil court systems can help the victim and their family. Contacting the police should be a top priority, as the authorities will handle the criminal prosecution of the offender. Additionally, victims’ families should be aware that third parties can be held liable if their failure to prevent the sexual abuse amounted to negligence. For example, an organization that failed to properly screen employees or properly respond to reports of sexual abuse could be held liable if these failures allowed the abuse to occur.
If your family has recently been affected by sexual abuse in youth sports, we advise discussing your case with an experienced sex abuse victims lawyer. This is the best way to understand your legal options and begin taking legal action.
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