Top 10 Sports Coaches Accused of Child Molestation

In order for one to work with the vulnerable sector, one must obtain a vulnerable screening test. In both Canada and the United States, candidates must be in good standing health and not have a history of diseases such as Smallpox, Measles and Tuberculosis. In the United States, particularly, all teachers MUST submit their fingerprints for registry.

Somehow these rules do not apply for coaches as they keep defying the boundaries of their subordinates. Here are just 10 gruesome examples.


1. Jerry Sandusky:

Sandusky was a former Penn State University Assistant Football coach. In November of 2011, he was charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse within a 15 year period. After being accused of molestation, Sandusky admitted to showering with his boys. 9 years before, Mike McQueary made a statement where he admitted to seeing Sandusky anally raping a 10 year old boy.


2. Don Peters:

Peters coached the 1984 US women Olympics team. In 2011, he was banned from the sports Hall of Fame for allegedly sexually abusing two girls. One girl accused Peters of fondling her at 16 and having sex with her at 17.


3. Graham James:

In December of 2011, former junior NHL coach Graham James was accused of sexual assault yet again, including by NHL player Theoren Fleury. He was jailed before for 3.5 years in the 1990s for sexually assaulting two players approximately 350 times in a 10 year period.


4. Bernie Fine:

He was a Syracuse Orange Associate Basketball Men’s Coach. In November of 2011, two men from Syracuse University came forward accusing Fine of sexual abuse. After these allegations, another male individual came forward as well. In response to the allegations, Fine was fired from his job.


5. Michael Cardamone:

This father of two and husband was accused for sexual assault as well. After assisting a girl who fell, Michael Cardamone was accused of improper touching. He was eventually convicted for assaulting and touching underage girls in a period of two years.


6. Pam Balogh:

This high school basketball and girls lacrosse coach admitted to have a sexual relationship with one of her players. She was subsequently charged in 2007.


7. Amy Gail Lilley:

She was a softball coach at Lecanto High School. She was charged with being involved in a lesbian relationship with a 15 year old. She was sentenced to two years of house arrest and 8 years of probation.


8. Christopher Elvidge:

In 2011, Elvidge was convicted for sex crimes committed against two boys dating back to 1980 when he was a minor coach. He received a 14 month jail sentence and was ordered to stay away from places where there were children under the age of 16 for 16 years.


9. Rob Francis:

St. Petersburg College head baseball coach Rob Francis was arrested in Florida after being caught arranging to have sex with a 14-year-old girl in Orlando.


10. Phillip John Matterson:

On February 5, 2010, Matterson was released without jail time, despite admitting to abusing young boys. He was an employee of Chorley High School between 2008 and 2009. Accusations including having boys in a dark room pinned against the wall as he was rubbing them.


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