Bryce McKey has been accused of groping a player while he was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Xavier University.
McKey has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor charge, and entered a plea of not guilty on Friday. A player claimed that the former Musketeers coach asked her to visit his home in May, and while there, he repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate way, ESPN reported.
The affidavit claims that “her relationship with McKey has strictly been a coach/player relationship and she wanted no romantic involvement and his actions were not welcomed.”
Cincinnati.com had more details.
“While she was leaving, McKey asked for a hug and “pulled her close to him and she felt he was trying to kiss her at which time she pushed him away and left the residence,” according to the complaint. In the days following the incident, court records say, McKey contacted the woman through a mutual friend and offered money in exchange for not pursuing charges.”
McKey is not the only coach accused of inappropriate conduct with a player. In July, a high school track coach was arrested for reportedly having a sexual relationship with an athlete on his team.
Steve Deschler, a coach from Novato, California, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor, sexual penetration of a minor, communicating with a minor with intent to commit a specified sex offense, and arranging a meeting and then meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious conduct, according to ABC 7 News.
Police arrested Deschler just as he and his wife stepped off a plane from a trip to Hawaii.
“The arrest totally caught her off guard,” Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Doug Pittman told the Marin Independent Journal. “She was visibly shaken at the time. It appears to us at this point that this is new information to her, and she needs to process it all.”
The month before Deschler’s arrest, another high school track coach was arrested on suspicion of having child pornography. Police in Mission Viejo, California, said they found an iPad in a car rented by track coach Raymond Henry II.
The device reportedly contained large amounts of child pornography, including naked pictures of young girls between the ages of 11 and 13, police said. Some of the images also showed young girls wearing their track uniforms, police added.
Bryce McKey has a pretrial hearing scheduled for September 8 for the sexual abuse charge. The woman McKey is accused of abusing was not named. She is still a player on the Xavier team, the Associated Press reported.
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