Boxing Gym Coach Indicted on 19 Sex Crime Charges
After being arrested in October, a former youth boxing coach has been indicted by a Hampden Superior Court grand jury on 19 charges of rape and indecent assaults involving three teen students from the boxing gym.
In October, 41-year-old Robert Hersey appeared in Springfield District Court and denied six charges from alleged sexual assault incidents involving two boys who were students at Beast Elite Boxing Gym at 298 Belmont Ave. He was indicted on a total of 19 charges earlier this month.
Hersey is set to be arraigned in Hampden Superior Court on January 17. He has been charged with two counts of rape of a child under 16, assault with intent to rape, and five counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.
Hersey has also been charged with three counts of dissemination of harmful material to a minor, intimidation of a witness, and four counts of photographing an unsuspecting nude or partially nude person.
During his arraignment in district court, prosecutors told the court that Hersey brought two boys to massage parlors in June and September and sexually assaulted them. The second victim told police that Hersey brought him to Blunt Park after the massage parlor and assaulted him there.
Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse by Youth Sports Coaches
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com specializes in helping survivors of sexual abuse find the support and justice they need and deserve. Here is some insight from Brian concerning the legal rights of those who have been sexually abused by youth sports coaches:
While many of us grew up with lessons on stranger danger, the reality is that the predators who hurt children are often trusted members of their communities – such as teachers, coaches, religious leaders, etc. Youth organization leaders and business owners in fields that involve working with children must be aware of this reality and act accordingly in order to guard against sexual abuse.
When a youth sports coach sexually abuses children he or she is coaching, it’s vital to make sure that the victims get the support they need and that the abuser is arrested and prosecuted. Additionally, the youth sports organization or business may also be considered liable if their negligence played a role in the abuse – such as a failure to run a background check, improper supervision, failure to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, etc. In these cases, the victims and their families may have the right to file a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of child sex abuse by a youth sports coach, we understand the difficulties your family is facing. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.