The head coach of the Passaic High School track team was recently indicted by a grand jury in Bergen County for the alleged sexual assault of one of the team’s members.
King Jamol Perry II, allegedly sexually assaulted a 16-year-old sprinter on the team while he was serving as the team’s assistant coach in 2006. The alleged victim, who is now 22-years-old, reported the abuse to one of her former coaches. The coach suggested that she notify the Passaic County School District and upon doing so, the district contacted the police. Detectives from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit subsequently arrested Perry on June 21st, after he voluntarily turned himself in.
The matter originated in Passaic County but was then transferred by a judge to be tried in Bergen County. As such, Perry was indicted in Hackensack one week ago.
The indictment against Perry includes four counts, alleging that Perry had sexual relations with the victim numerous times over the course of four months. It also includes charges forendangering the welfare of a child while serving in a supervisory capacity. The indictment reads that Perry’s behavior constitutes, “an unauthorized exercise of his official functions.”
Endangering the welfare of a child is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4 and can be considered a crime of the second or third degree. In this case, the indictment states that Perry had a legal duty to care for the victim while he engaged in sexual conduct with her, rendering this a crime of the second degree. Crimes of the second degree are punishable by a term of incarceration between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Perry posted $100,000 bail and is currently free awaiting his trial. He has been suspended by the Passaic County School District and will not receive pay. Obviously, Perry’s current position as head coach hinges on the resolution of this matter.
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