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young coaches and their inappropriate behavior towards our kids…

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  1. April 20, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    A softball coach arrested after allegedly fondling a player and sending her racy text messages.

    A Palm Beach County track coach arrested on charges of groping one student and biting another.

    Two track coaches in Broward County accused of having sex with female students at their apartments.

    Over the past 10 months, the actions of a few have many high school coaches evaluating how they interact with players. As a result, previously unspoken rules are being re-examined and boundaries redefined.

    Plus…all this happened in Florida alone!!!

    Read the following article and let me know what you think. This is becoming a big problem and we need to figure out how to fix it.

    Copyright 2010 The Burlington Free Press
    All Rights Reserved
    The Burlington Free Press (Vermont)

    April 17, 2010 Saturday

    SECTION: NEWS; Pg. B1

    HEADLINE: Court orders Peoples coach to stay away from teen for 12 months

    BYLINE: By, Mike Donoghue, Free Press Staff Writer

    HYDE PARK – A longtime Peoples Academy coach who sent graphic text messages, including one asking a teenage girl if she would like him to take her virginity, has been ordered by Lamoille County judges to stay away from her for the next 12 months.

    Marc Newton, 41, of Morristown testified Friday afternoon in Hyde Park that he was sorry for making the girl feel uncomfortable. He acknowledged they had become more graphic during the past four months.

    Superior Court Judge Dennis Pearson and Assistant Judge Karen Bradley ruled the messages were “threatening behavior” under Vermont’s anti-stalking law. They ruled a temporary restraining order issued last week would be made permanent.

    Assistant Judge David Williams offered a dissenting opinion, saying the girl’s attorney, Brice Simon of Stowe, failed to meet the burden of proof.

    According to the initial court papers the girl’s family filed to obtain a temporary restraining order, Newton sent a note that read “If I was in high school, you would be in trouble.” The affidavit said he continued to flirt with her, including in an e-mail before the school’s winter ball Dec. 19 in which he wrote, “When I see you, it better be model material.”

    Newton later sent a message that asked, “Do you want me to be your first?” and said he hoped to have an “exotic dream” about her, according to the affidavit.

    Newton remains under criminal investigation by the Lamoille County Special Investigations Unit, which focuses on sex-related and stalking crimes. The lead investigator, Detective Cpl. Jesse Sawyer of the Lamoille Sheriff’s Department, attended the one-hour hearing.

    The Burlington Free Press does not name potential victims of possible sex-related crimes.

    Defense lawyer Kurt Hughes of Burlington said Newton plans to appeal the 2-1 decision to the Vermont Supreme Court.

    “I respectfully disagree with the court that the statutory criteria were met to get the order,” Hughes said.

    “Marc is very sorry for what he said and for the anguish he caused this girl. He fully acknowledges that it was entirely inappropriate as a coach and the position that he was in. He has put this girl through a lot of emotional anguish. He has put his family through a lot of emotional anguish, and he is deeply sorry for it,” Hughes told reporters after the hearing.

    Hughes said Newton, who left the courthouse with his father, brother and sister, would not speak to reporters. Newton, a Peoples Academy graduate, has spent 19 years with the boys soccer program at the school and recently helped with the junior varsity girls basketball team.

    The school district said Wednesday his status for coaching in the fall would be determined later this spring. Newton works full time for a local company.

    Simon said the victim and her family welcomed the ruling – and concerned with the school’s response.

    “The family is satisfied with the court’s decision and is pleased (the girl) will have the protection of a no-stalking order for the next year,” he said. “They’re disappointed that the school still has not made any findings of its investigation available to the public.”

    The girl “thanks her family, friends and community for the support she has received during this time,” Simon said. She left the courthouse with family and supporters without making a comment.

    “From our perspective, what you see is grooming behavior and the type of thing that we would hope would be aggressively watched for by the school,” Simon said.

    The school district is required to notify the family of the outcome of the internal investigation, according to its attorney, Robert Luce of Burlington. He said Friday evening he believed it was complete, but Lamoille South Supervisory Union Superintendent Tracy Wrend had left on vacation at noon Friday.

    Newton and the girl were the only witnesses during Friday’s hearing. Simon quizzed Newton about offering to take the girl’s virginity.

    “There were text messages that discussed the possibility,” said Newton, who is married with three children.

    “He asked me if I wanted him to take my virginity,” the girl testified. “Just disgusting things. I was freaking out. I deleted them right away.”

    The girl, who had considered the coach a friend, testified Newton somehow got her cell-phone number and began to send her innocent text messages in early December. The texts later began to cross the line, and she began to delete them, she testified.

    “They were disturbing and made me sick to my stomach,” she told the court.

    She said she sent four messages telling Newton to stop. Newton and the girl both said he sent four more messages asking for a chance to meet with her and talk things out.

    She reminded Newton she was a minor and he was a father, a coach and married. One of her responses read, “I don’t want to talk. Just leave me alone. I’m done,” according to a transcript submitted as evidence.

    The girl said she told a Peoples Academy guidance counselor about the text messages March 30. The counselor notified the family, who called police. The girl’s family then obtained a temporary anti-stalking order against Newton.

    Contact Mike Donoghue at 660-1845 or mdonoghue@burlingtonfreepress.com To have Free Press headlines delivered free to your e-mail, sign up at http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/newsletters.


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