Yet another in a seemingly endless list of educators taking sexual advantage of their minor aged students. This summer, a Rockville, MD rock-climbing coach was charged with multiple counts of sexual offenses after being accused of assaulting one of his 14-year-old female students. Howard County Police in MD charged Michael J. Lyons (31) with sexual abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor, multiple sex offenses, and second-degree assault. Yesterday, Lyons who worked at various Earth Treks rock-climbing facilities in Howard Co. admitted to engaging in sexual activities with the 14-year-old minor and pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse. Regarding the original allegations from June, 2011:
The 14-year old-female victim, who is a member of the competitive climbing team at Earth Treks in Columbia, Md., reported that head coach Lyons had engaged in a number of sexual acts with her for the past two months, police allege. According to court documents, the most recent sexual act occurred in the facility two weekends ago, during a team sleep over. ~ per wjla
The Baltimore Sun reports that Prosecutors will be asking the Court to sentence Lyons to serve eight years in prison, with another seven years suspended.
Another Earth Treks instructor, an assistant coach, is accused of engaging in sexual acts with the same girl at her home, according to charging documents. A court date for Daniel L. Montague, 20, is expected to be moved up to Tuesday. He is charged with lesser sex offenses. ~ The Baltimore Sun
For additional information on this case, see the attached videos:
- Michael Lyons, rock climbing coach, charged with sexual offenses (June, 2011), and
- Climbing coach pleads guilty in Howard County sexual abuse case (Nov. 30, 2011)
- L.A. teacher arrested for multiple counts sexual misconduct with minor students
- Bernie Fine fired over secret sex abuse tape: SU Chancellor releases statement
- Arrest made in brutal rape of 13-year-old girl
- Two minors come forward in Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal
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(sources: The Baltimore Sun, wjla)