- Top federal judge uses pizza to explain complex Obamacare situation
- Obama, Biden overhaul job training programs
- Drought-plagued Californians turn to paint to keep lawns green
- ISIL now forcing Iraqi shopkeepers to veil mannequins in Mosul
- 11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die
- Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia
- Turkish P.M. Erdogan won’t speak to Obama, but he’ll take calls from Biden
- Israel’s ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report
- Md. parents accused of locking up autistic twin sons
- Dancing Kim Jong-un video sparks North Korea fury
11 Pa. coaches charged with abuse in last 3 years
Question of the Day
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eleven youth coaches in the Philadelphia area have been charged with attempting or having sexual contact with a player over the last three years, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.
The paper said that its investigation found that eight of the coaches have admitted the crimes, two others are awaiting trial, and one killed himself. The coaches who have faced the allegations ranged in age from 24 to 52. Ten are men and one is a woman.
Experts said the number of arrests in such cases has increased, partly because of a heightened awareness after the sexual abuse prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach. But they say the rate of assaults has likely remained the same.
Mike Matta, a guidance counselor and head football coach at Downingtown East, told the Inquirer that “I see people hanging around our practices, and I ask, ‘Who is that?’ Ten years, ago I wouldn’t have asked.”
Kate Staley of the Penn State Justice Center for Research said schools and parents seem to be waking up to the potential for such abuse.
Other experts said a key danger sign is a coach who singles out a player for special attention.
“It always starts with an overt interest in a child singled out from the rest of the group,” said Tammy Lerner, vice president of the Bryn Mawr-based Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse.
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- Obamacare dealt massive setback by federal appeals court
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- Hamas terrorists wear Israeli army uniforms to ambush soldiers in Gaza
- LYONS: Small-arms treaty, big Second Amendment threat
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- Obama family set to buy $4.25M desert home in California: report
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq