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Medford soccer coach gets 3 1/2 - 4 year jail term for child rape

Posted by Marcia Dick  March 7, 2011 03:09 PM

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A former Medford youth soccer coach was sentenced today after he was found guilty on charges he raped a former player, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone annnounced today.  
 
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Diane Kottmyer sentenced Roger Lau, 27, of Medford, a former Medford Youth Soccer coach, to 3 1/2 to four years in state prison.

The sentence will be followed by five years probation with conditions that he stay away and have no direct or indirect contact with the victim, her family, or any witnesses; register as a sex offender; complete sex offender evaluation and treatment; and have no employment or volunteer work with children under the age of 18, according to Leone;s statement

"This defendant has now been found guilty of seriously abusing his authority and violating the trust of one of his young players and her parents, by taking advantage of the girl and raping her on numerous occasions," Leone said after the conviction. "We commend the jury for their just verdict today and thank the victim for bravely coming forward to disclose this defendant's disturbing history of sexual abuse of her."

Lau was found guilty on March 2 by a Middlesex Superior Court Jury on two counts of rape of a child. His codefendent in the case, fellow coach Thomas Heinz, was found not guilty of rape of a child by force in the same trial.

According to Leone office, Heinz was the head coach and Lau was the assistant coach in 2003 for a girls under-14 team. Lau was convicted of twice raping the girl, who told authorities the sexual relations with Lau occurred for over a year.

In the case, the victim, who was not identified because of privacy concerns regarding minors, alleged that Lau began talking on the phone with her in the spring of 2003. Lau asked the victim to come to his house to watch a movie. The victim agreed, Lau picked her up, and he raped her at his home, authorities said.

Lau continued to arrange to meet the girl with the intention of having sex with her, for over a year, and did continue to have sex with her on other occasions, the statement said.


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