Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Girls coach arrested on sex charges

Deerfield man, 40, held without bail

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

LEBANON - A girls softball coach who police say was warned last year about his behavior around a 13-year-old player was arrested Monday on charges that he had sex with her.

Barry Ramsay, a 40-year-old coach for the Kings Girls' Softball Association, was in the Warren County Jail without bail on 10 felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor.

Each charge carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Ramsay, an engineer who lives in Deerfield Township, was secretly indicted July 25, and the indictment was unsealed Monday after Ramsay returned from a trip, County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said.

She said the incidents occurred over a nine-month period beginning last September. County Detective James Engelhardt began investigating the case this summer after the girl's parents began monitoring their daughter's computer activity and became suspicious, authorities said.

It was the second time the parents had contacted police with concerns about Ramsay's relationship with their daughter, Detective Larry Sims said.

"There was a report made a year ago that involved this same victim and him. Actually, there were no crimes that occurred, but they were concerned about the contact he was having with her," Sims said. "(Engelhardt) talked to this guy back then and cautioned him, warned him. After that, the sexual contact occurred."

Sims said the girl disclosed information about the sexual encounters after her parents went to police a second time.

He said there is no indication that Ramsay acted inappropriately with other players on the team. Officials with the softball association, which is not affiliated with the school district, could not be reached for comment.


E-mail smclaughlin@enquirer.com

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