Coach accused of sex assault appears in court

October 22, 2010 11:15:32 AM PDT
A former girl's soccer coach is accused of using his position to prey on young girls and today, he faced a judge. Ian Crowe appeared in court around 11am. The former soccer coach stood before the judge and was silent as the prosecutor described his alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old soccer player. Crowe, 38, is accused of sexually assaulting that player for about a month. Bellaire Police say it came to light after Crowe's wife alerted the victim's parents.

According to the prosecution, the sexual assault started in June 2009 when Crowe was hired as a private coach for the girl. The state says the victim reported meeting with Crowe 10 to 20 times in a Bellaire parking garage and having sexual encounters in the back seat of his Suburban. Prosecutors say the victim reported Crowe became increasingly aggressive with each encounter.

"Multiple sexual acts occurring, oral sex as well as other types of sexual acts occurring," said Asst. District Attorney Denis Oncken.

"These are devastating allegations to make against a good family man and we feel that Bellaire Police Department has been incredibly irresponsible in making the allegations. They are allowed to say whatever they want to the media," said Crowe's attorney, Steven Halpert. "Thankfully, the attorneys in this case, the prosecutor, Ms. Oncken, Mr. Seacrest and Mr. Borden, myself are held to a far higher standard of professional conduct. I am forecluded from making any further comments about any evidence but we promise you that the truth. There is only one truth here. That will come out in this courtroom."

The judge told Crowe he cannot have any contact with the alleged victim or any children under the age of 17. His attorney asked for an exception concerning his one-year-old twins and his baby on the way.

Crowe is out on a $150,000 bond. He is charged with four counts of sexual assault with a child and one count of indecency with a child.


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