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Former Madison Coach Charged with Inappropriate Sexual Contact with a Minor

Fairfax County police say swim coach allegedly took indecent liberties with 17-year-old girl in 2001.

Update 4:36 p.m. June 16: Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman John Torre said Rucker was hired July 1, 2000 as a part-time temp athletic employee and left FCPS April 19, 2002.  

He was not a teacher, Torre said.

Original: A former swim coach was charged Friday for allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a minor more than a decade ago.

Noah Rucker, 39, of Bristow, Va, was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial and/or supervisory position, Fairfax County police said in a statement on Saturday.

Police said they took a report Wednesday from a female graduate of Madison High School, who said she had inappropriate sexual contact with Rucker in 2001 while he was a swim coach at the school.

At the time of the incident, Rucker was 29; the victim was 17, police said.

An investigation led to Rucker's arrest Friday.

Fairfax County police could not be reached Saturday for comment on whether the victim was on the swim team or for how long the contact continued.

Fairfax County Public Schools officials could not be reached Saturday for comment on how long Rucker coached the team or whether he was otherwise employed by the system.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

R. June 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
And what would be the motivation for said "victim" to complain now? How come the long wait? As a mother of three children, I am certainly about protecting our children from predators. However, the witchhunt radar here is going off bigtime. What price must be paid for ruining a young man's reputation and life on the basis of an 11 year old complaint? The law needs a little perspectiove here.
J June 17, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Umm, she could have been going through therapy to deal with the assault that has maybe been haunting her, and this could be her way of dealing with it and moving on with her life? 39 is not exactly young btw.
Katherine H. June 17, 2012 at 04:50 AM
R, why did you put "victim" in quotes? You are showing your bias. He broke the law and ruined her life when she was still a child. Why should she protect him now? He certainly didn't protect her.
R. June 17, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Katherine, has the jury already convicted the man? "He broke the law and ruined her life when she was still a child"???? It is scary that the simple accusation is enough to hang the guy. With that kind of mentality, is it any wonder that so many innocent people lost their lives during the Salem witch trials! I am not saying the man is innocent, but what I am saying is that an 11 year old complaint is not enough to convict and damn him.
atm June 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I agree there is a possibility that she has been hanging on to the pain whether in therapy or not for some time now. With the recent news of the Jerry Sandusky trials, maybe it all hit her now . Whether she is older, wiser or just more clear about what happened (at 17 it could have felt wrong but naivety could have made her feel maybe she brought it on herself which is often what survivors of sexual abuse are often led to believe). Nobody has hung the guy.. There is an accusation, followed by an investigation. He has simply been charged and he will get his day in court. Let's just hope the judicial system does it's job no matter what the outcome.
B June 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I believe it's because he is marrying a young lady who has had relations with him for years. The 'victim' was concerned about how this relationships started probably. It takes a lot to speak out because you know they are going to look into every aspect of her life and tear her apart.

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