Report: Soccer coach molested student on Catawba College campus

Report: Soccer coach molested student on Catawba College campus

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on July 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:47 PM

CATAWBA, N.C. -- Catawba College’s Hall of Fame soccer coach Ralph Wager allegedly had sex with a boy at Wager’s on-campus house and in his college office, according to a report in the Salisbury Post.

The Salisbury Post cites new court documents filed in the case against Wager, 69, as a grand jury convenes and decides whether or not it will indict Wager on three counts each of indecent liberties and first-degree sex offense.

According to the Salisbury Post:

Wager met the boy while both were swimming in a Catawba College pool.

Wager 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.

Now, a judge has ordered Catawba College to hand over Wager's personnel records, as well as the records of others working at the college at the time.

The order also includes handing over any communication the college had about the allegations.

It's an apparent attempt to find out who at Catawba College knew what when, and what the college did about it.

Catawba College issued this statement about the new details:

"The court order was issued in the normal course of the law enforcement investigation and we see it as further indication that we are all determined to investigate these allegations.  The College will continue to cooperate with law enforcement.  We appreciate that the order itself reflects the College's commitment to this process as the College has been responding 'to any and all requests for access to information that may aid in the criminal investigation'."

 

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