A former football coach of a High School in Maryland was recently accused of sexually harassing two players. The investigating authorities have revealed that it is highly probable, he might have preyed upon other victims as well.
The 26-year-old Christopher Papadopoulos belonging from Gaithersburg was taken into custody by the Montgomery Police officials “after two of the former assistant coach’s players at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville accused him of sexually abusing them while on the varsity football team”. The investigators had divulged some of the facts of the case, which stated that Papadopoulos used to corner his victims after the school hours ended and never on the school campus itself.
The Montgomery Police released an official statement, “Detectives learned that Papadopoulos sexually abused and exploited the first victim on multiple occasions. Detectives also learned that Papadopoulos sexually abused and solicited the second victim”. Several court documents were accessed which clearly show that the 26-year-old harasser, “fondled the two players in 2017 after luring them with private training sessions” and had allegedly taken them to his residence.
Both the victims were barely seventeen at the time when they were subjected to sexual abuse, while the perpetrator was 23. One of the guardians of the victims claimed that Papadopoulos resembled the figure of a father for the children. Adrienne Ferrell, who is a renowned prosecutor claimed in the court, that the accused had “used his position of authority to groom and sexually assault the players”.
Ferrell also claimed that one of the molestation incidents did happen inside the school campus and also “accused Papadopoulos of communicating with one player on Snapchat during the 2017 season and the teen later awoke in his basement to find the assistant coach fondling him after the pair drank alcohol together”. The attorney, Rene Sandler, who was hired for Papadopoulos denied all the allegations against the client and termed them to be incorrect.
Kimberly Boldon, the principal announced, “These charges are troubling, completely unacceptable and represent a violation of the core values of our school and school system. This behavior does not reflect the principles of MCPS or our community and it will not be tolerated”. The 26-year-old accused was released from custody on Tuesday with a $15,000 bond.