KIRKWOOD, Mo. – St. Charles County and St. Louis County prosecutors have charged a 31-year-old select soccer coach with several sex crimes. Charges against Hugh Patrick McVey of St. Charles County include statutory rape and sodomy.
A statement from St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar’s office says that there was a joint investigation by the St. Charles County Police Department and the Kirkwood Police Department. They say that McVey was a coach in the girl’s youth select soccer club. They began exchanging text messages between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred at the suspect’s home and the girl’s family residence in Kirkwood. Warrants have been issued in both jurisdictions. McVey’s bond has been set at $50,000, cash only.
Lou Fusz Soccer Club issued the following statement about the select soccer coach:
Lou Fusz Soccer Club cares deeply for our extraordinary players, their parents and our coaches. Consistent with this respect and our core values, we can offer the following statement in response to recent requests from media outlets.
We received a report suggesting that a volunteer coach had an inappropriate relationship with a player who is on one of our teams. We suspended the volunteer coach immediately while multiple parties investigate the allegations.
We cannot always foresee one individual’s failure to live up to his responsibilities as a coach and mentor. However, we take responsibility in screening coaches, requiring background checks and confirming coaching training and certifications through national organizations. In addition to preventative measures, our mandatory reporting system allowed us to take immediate action upon hearing initial reports of potential misconduct.
In addition to the immediate suspension, we also took these actions:
- Reported it to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, who promptly suspended the coach’s license.
- Reported it to the Missouri Youth Soccer Association.
- Ensured U.S. Soccer was aware of the situation.
- Promptly communicated with parents about the situation.
- We continue to cooperate fully with local law enforcement.
In our 28 years of operations, we have had an unblemished record of providing a safe and secure environment for our players and coaches. We have implemented many proactive measures to reduce the risk of misconduct, and we remain committed to constant reflection, evaluation and improvement. We will continue to work internally to focus on preserving the thousands of positive relationships we have with our teams, coaches, players and community.
We are pleased to know that the player has rejoined her team. We are committed to making sure she and all our players feel safe and supported.
We will reserve further comment while the investigations are ongoing.
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