Finally a fitting sentence for sexual misconduct by a coach!!!


4 Responses to “Finally a fitting sentence for sexual misconduct by a coach!!!”

  1. December 7, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    After some troubling pleas and sentences in seemingly similar cases, it’s hoped that the 40-year sentence for a former Vineland youth soccer coach who sexually assaulted three young boys indicates a trend.

    David Durling, convicted in August, must serve at least 34 years of the sentence imposed Wednesday by Superior Court Walter Marshall Jr. in Woodbury. Durling is 43, so he presumably will be incarcerated long enough that he won’t be able to prey on any more little boys. His victims, from Franklin Township and Vineland, were as young as 7 when Durling began coaching them.

    The length and severity of the punishment – with three victims, Marshall ordered the sentences to run consecutively – respects what the judge called the “courageous(ness)” of the boys, now teenagers, in coming forward.

    Just as important is the assurance that Durling has lost his freedom for a long while to connect with potential victims, perhaps by doing something as simple as moving to another state. The sentence also should send a message to those who employ teachers and coaches not to dismiss lightly any complaints from youngsters or parents about improper behavior.

    In 2008, a field hockey coach at a local high school who had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct, receiving probation. She agreed not to work again as a teacher or youth coach in New Jersey. But this is key: The coach didn’t have to register as a Megan’s Law offender.

    A year earlier, a swim coach pleaded guilty to a single sexual contact charge involving a student at the local facility where he coached. He received probation. He was sentenced to prison, but only for a plea to an unrelated theft charge.

    Different cases, different circumstances, different ages of victims. But just as in the Durling case, trusted adults with special access to minors took deceitful, damaging and inappropriate advantage of that trust.

    In the Durling case, Judge Marshall, Assistant Cumberland County Prosecutor Dara Paley, and the young victims all deserve credit for an outcome that matches the seriousness of the offenses.

    • 2 Michael Spinosa
      December 27, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      I have known David for a long time and he is an exceptionally nice person that in my mind could not do such a crime. I am hesitant in believing any of this is true. Just sad to see him like this now behind bars paying for a crime he did not commit. I had hoped that he would have received a fair trial but that just goes to show you how corrupt our system is. It is very simple to paint a picture of someone that is a child molester, look across the room, and point him out. Then there is evidence that points to a child molester, look across the room, and point him out. There was no evidence other than the kid’s testimony that proves David did what he did. These kids are young and David had bought many gifts for these kids. Who has to say they did not get upset when David stop giving gifts to these kids and in turn these kids wanted to punish him.

      • December 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        A few major stretches you’re making here and I’ll quote your own post:
        “…for a crime he did not commit…”. Really? Seems to me he stood trial and was found guilty of molesting several children.

        “I had hoped that he would have received a fair trial…”. Please tell us what was unfair about it.

        “there was no evidence other than the kids’ testimony…”. Are you suggesting that a little child should be in a position to produce anything other than testimony from an assault? Should they have been carrying around video cameras when this guy was molesting them?

        Lastly, are you so poor and disgraceful a human to even insinuate that these kids perjured themselves and lied about being sexually assaulted and sent a man to prison for the rest of his life simply because he stopped buying them gifts?

        Your allegations on such a sensitive subject are bordering on unconscionable considering this guy stood trial and more than one child convinced a court that he is guilty. Are you the president of the Gerry Sandusky fan club, too?

  2. 4 butch cassidy
    December 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Most anyone who met durling would assume he was a typical normal nice guy, but i knew the real david and now he is where he belongs…..

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