Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun
6:49 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
A Baltimore County basketball coach was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy, police said Monday, but the coach's employer defended the man.
Police have charged Tyrone Terry Jordan, 55, of the 3400-block of Oakfield Ave. in Gwynn Oak, with sexual abuse of a minor, a felony, and fourth-degree sex offense, a misdemeanor.
A 14-year-old boy told police that Jordan, his basketball coach, had touched him inappropriately on Aug. 31 while he was at the Hoops Summer Camp, located in the 3700 block of Twin Lakes Court in Windsor Mill, at the Twin Lakes Racquet Club, according to Baltimore County police. Detectives said they began an investigation on Sept. 3. Jordan was arrested on Sept. 9, and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center after a hearing Monday.
According to charging documents, the alleged inappropriate touching took place in the lounge area of the club, where the teenager and Jordan, whom the teen calls "Coach Ty," were watching television.
During the investigation, a police officer posed as the teen and engaged Jordan in a text message conversation from the teen's phone, during which the coach acknowledged the inappropriate touching, charging documents state. The officer, still posing as the teen, then arranged to meet the coach at Winand Elementary School in Pikesville and arrested him there, police said.
In an interview, Jordan told police he "probably did" touch the teen in a sensitive area, but it was done as they were "wrestling around" in a "playful manner," according to charging documents.
Court records show that Jordan was charged in 1997 in Baltimore City with a third-degree sex offense, a felony, but was not convicted. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in that case and received probation before judgment. Details of that case were not immediately available.
The owner of the Twin Lakes Racquet Club, Vadim Fishkin, asked the public not to jump to conclusions. Fishkin said he has eight cameras recording the facility at all times and police have not yet reviewed the footage.
"Everything is taped. Everything. He's been here for 10 years and not had a single complaint," Fishkin said of Jordan. "This guy is dealing with a lot of kids. He's coached AAU ball and [the police] should not ruin his reputation."
A trial date has not been set.
Officers ask that anyone with information about the case contact the Baltimore County Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit at 410-853-3650.
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