Middle School Girls Soccer Team Coach Charged with Sexual Assault of Child
Monadnock Regional Middle-High School soccer coach Alexander Waterbury was arrested on Tuesday and is accused of sexually assaulting a student. 24-year-old Alexander Waterbury has been charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault and two counts of prohibited sales of alcohol.
Waterbury coached the middle school girls soccer team at the school in Swanzey when the alleged assaults occurred. He has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student who played on two of his teams.
The alleged victim played for the Monadnock Middle School girls soccer team and the U-15 travel team, both coached by Waterbury.
Prosecutors say that Waterbury contacted the girl and escalated their relationship through email, text messages, and the social networking app Snapchat.
The student’s father contacted police on Monday to report the alleged assault. Waterbury was fired after the allegations came to light.
Authorities believe that there may be additional victims in this case.
Waterbury is being held at the Cheshire County House of Correction. On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty to the charges at the Cheshire County House of Correction.
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Justice For Victims of Sexual Assault by School Sports Coaches and Other Staff Members
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Sadly, stories of coaches, teachers, and other school staff members sexually abusing their students have become commonplace throughout the country. Our schools have a critical responsibility to make sure their students are safe from sexual predators. But unfortunately, there have been many cases of sexual abuse that could have been prevented if not for the negligence of the school.
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Location of Monadnock Regional Middle-High School in Swanzey, NH
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