Berks coach accused of raping Special Olympian, threatening him
(Reading) — A former coach for a midstate county’s Special Olympics soccer team is going to trial on charges of raping a player with intellectual disabilities.
The Reading Eagle reports Michael Sheldon was ordered held without bail after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
He was charged in March with assaulting the 24-year-old man at Sheldon’s apartment July 15.
The victim told investigators that he rebuffed Sheldon’s advances and that Sheldon sexually assaulted him after he fell asleep.
Police say the 28-year-old Sheldon threatened to take away the victim’s Special Olympics involvement after the man reported the assault.
A spokeswoman with the Special Olympics of Berks County says Sheldon was suspended after he was charged.
A call seeking comment from Sheldon’s public defender wasn’t returned.