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April 7, 2013

Ex-soccer coach charged in child sex crime

Records show girl only recently reported abuse from 2010-11

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man and former youth soccer coach has been charged in the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl.

Gary Brian Tanner, 36, of the 3900 block of Haystack Drive, was charged Thursday in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 with class A felony child molesting. The alleged abuse took place from late 2010 to early 2011, Jeffersonville Police Department Detective Isaac Parker said. He said the girl only recently reported the abuse to a counselor at her school, adding that is it not out of the ordinary for a child victim to wait significant periods of time to report sexual abuse.

Parker said Tanner became known to the victim after the child befriended the suspect’s daughter. He said he does not believe that Tanner ever coached a team on which the victim was a player. Tanner is accused of touching the girl multiple times at his home and also raping her in a hotel while traveling for a soccer tournament, WLKY-TV reported.

“To the best of my knowledge he [Tanner] has been in involved in coaching youth soccer for club teams in Southern Indiana,” Parker said.

Tanner coached for the Net Surfers soccer club and formerly was coach at Louisville’s Ballard High School, according to a WLKY-TV report.

During Tanner’s initial hearing in Clark County, Judge Richard Striegel presided and set a $100,000 court-cash bond for his release, according to court documents. Also during the hearing, a not guilty plea was entered on Tanner’s behalf. He is expected to return to the court June 27 for a pretrial conference.

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