A former Maryland City youth league soccer coach has been charged with sexually abusing a player on two occasions four to eight years ago.
Anne Arundel County police said Eris Murray, of the 1700 block of Wolcott Way in Hanover, has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense, two counts of a third-degree sexual offense, two-counts of a fourth degree sexual-offense, sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of sodomy.
Murray turned himself in Dec. 22.
Police were contacted in October by the county Department of Social Services, which received an allegation of sexual abuse involving Murray.
The police Child Abuse Unit worked with Social Services and interviewed an unidentified juvenile, who said the sexual abuse occurred when he was on Murray's team between four and eight years ago.
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 sexually assaulted, according to charging documents.
He told investigators that Murray was the coach of his Maryland City Mustangs youth soccer team from 2008 throught 2012, according to charging documents.
Cherlynn Venit, the treasurer and registrar for the overall youth league, said police had asked for complete rosters of Murray’s teams back in November.
She said that Murray coached for three to four years, adding that he’d only coached the team for as long as his son was on the team.
“He has not been with us for at least three to four years,” Venit added.
Lisa DiGiacinto, business administrator with the county Recreations and Parks department which oversees the league, said Murray last passed a mandatory background check in 2010. She said youth coaches are required to complete the checks every three years.
Neither Murray nor his attorney were immediately available for comment.
Following interviews by detectives, police obtained an arrest warrant for Murray. He turned himself in without incident and was released on a $25,000 bond.
An investigation is continuing. Police asked any other victims or anyone with information to contact the Child Abuse Unit at 410-222-4733.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.