More victims come forward after Harpeth Hall coach charged with rape
June 5, 2013 3:57 PM
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police said several more victims are coming forward after rape charges involving one 16-year girl were brought against a well known Nashville soccer coach on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson Don Aaron told Nashville's News 2 that "three more alleged victims have spoken with investigators" since George "Rico" Laise's arrest Tuesday afternoon at Harpeth Hall Academy where he had been coaching.
He has since been placed on a leave of absence.
Aaron said the number of alleged victims investigators are looking at stands at five.
Police said following Laise's arrest on Tuesday, investigators plan to submit information to the Davidson County Grand Jury about a second teen girl who had an alleged sexual relationship with the 46-year-old.
Aaron told Nashville's News 2 Wednesday police are expanding their investigation to Cheatham and Shelby counties.
He indicated that investigators were at Laise's home today in Cheatham where the suspect had been living.
Laise's bond was set at $300,000 bond--$75,000 dollars for each count stemming from the charges he faces in connection to a now 17-year-old Nashville girl he had coached.
Police indicated the victim did not attend Harpeth Hall.
Laise is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Harpeth Hall parents were notified of Laise's arrest via a letter which read in part, "It also is important to share with you that Mr. Laise was arrested on campus. We were unable to prepare for this situation as we were only notified after the arrest was made. Our staff responded quickly to prevent campers from seeing the arrest."
The letter continued, "Mr. Laise is a well-respected coach not only at Harpeth Hall but in the greater community. We have never received accusations of inappropriate behavior by Mr. Laise."
Laise has been coaching various youth soccer teams in the Nashville area since the late 1990s and offered private lessons.
The Tennessee State Soccer Association released a statement following Laise's arrest that read, "The Tennessee State Soccer Association is upset and saddened for everyone affected by this situation. We have always done background checks on all our members and have been in the process for several months in developing a sexual predator policy. This association is doing everything possible to address and help prevent situations like this in the future."
Anyone with knowledge of inappropriate relationships or behavior between Laise and minors is urged to contact the police department's Sex Crimes Unit at 615-862-7540.