Former Maryland City youth soccer coach convicted of child abuse – CapitalGazette.com
A former Maryland City youth league soccer coach faces up to 45 years in prison after he was convicted Monday of sexually abusing a player.
Eris Murray, 56, of Hanover, was found guilty of felony sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense and sodomy. An Anne Arundel County jury convicted him of abusing a former player on two occasions.
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.
Murray turned himself in on Dec. 22, but pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In a statement released Tuesday, county State’s Attorney Wes Adams said it is not uncommon for child victims of sexual abuse to report the crime years after the abuse occurred.
Neither Murray nor his attorneys, J. Dennis Murphy and Colleen Murphy, could be reached for comment.
Circuit Court Judge Cathleen Vitale is presiding over the case. She is scheduled to sentence Murray on Oct. 11.