Local soccer coach indicted on child sex crimes

Local soccer coach indicted on child sex crimes

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:47 PM

CATAWBA, N.C. -- Catawba College Hall of Fame and Steele Creek Soccer Club coach Ralph Wager was indicted by a grand jury Monday.

The indictments are for three felony counts of first-degree sex offense with a child, three felony counts of crimes against nature, and three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child. 
 
Wager allegedly had sex with a boy at his on-campus house and in his college office, according to a report in the Salisbury Post on Monday.
 
Wager, 69, resigned as head soccer coach in 1990, citing stress after allegations of improper contact with a child surfaced.
 
The boy's mother reported the allegations to college officials, who then restricted Wager's pool access.
 
The boy's mom stopped contact with Wager, but after she died, Wager continued his alleged sexual abuse, according to the Salisbury Post.

Wager was arrested in mid-July after a two-month investigation after a man came forward alleging Wager engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with him in the late 1980’s.
 
At that time, Wager was a soccer coach and physical fitness instructor at Catawba College in Salisbury.  He was inducted into Catawba College’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Police in Webster, New York, say a man contacted them claiming Wager molested him around 30 years ago when Wager lived in New York.

Investigators there say they won’t be able to interview that man for about two months because he is out of town.

Wager is not charged in New York.

Wager’s attorney says he will plead not guilty.

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