Former Maryland City youth soccer coach gets 18-year sentence for child abuse

Phil Davis
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A former Maryland City youth soccer coach received an 18-year prison sentence after he was convicted of sexually abusing a player earlier this year.

Eris Murray, 56, of Hanover was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Court Judge Cathy Vitale after he was found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, second degree sex offense and sodomy.

The player, now a teenager, told investigators last year Murray sexually assaulted him while he was staying at Murray's home on two occasions between 2008 and 2012.

He was between 8 and 12 years old during that period.

The juvenile told investigators Murray was the coach of his Maryland City Mustangs youth soccer team during the same time period.

A spokesman for the league said last year Murray only coached when his son was a player and had not been with the team since.

According to charging documents, the now-16-year-old told investigators two incidents took place at Murray’s home.

In the first, the juvenile said he went to Murray’s house in Laurel to spend the night with Murray's son.

Murray’s son was not home, and the coach told the juvenile to wait on the couch for his son to return. Murray then sexually assaulted the child, charging documents state.

The juvenile told investigators that a second incident took place six months later, again while he staying with Murray's son at the coach's home, according to charging documents.The juvenile said he had fallen asleep on the couch watching television but woke up in Murray's bedroom, where he was sexually assaulted, according to charging documents.

Murray turned himself in on Dec. 22, but pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Calls for comment from Murray’s attorneys were not returned Wednesday evening.

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