A former assistant basketball coach in Alabama pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree rape in connection with an incident that occurred in his car when a female student at Fairview High in Cullman, Ala.
As reported by AL.com, 22-year-old Spencer Byrd was sentenced to nine months in Cullman County jail with a subsequent five year spell as a registered sex offender. He will also remain on probation for five years, with any violation resulting in a full 10-year jail sentence.
Byrd served as an assistant boys basketball coach at Fairview High, where he developed a connection with a 15-year-old girl. He began talking to the girl at basketball games and sending her Facebook messages before later kissing her as she waited for a ride home following a basketball practice in January. According to court records obtained by AL.com, the rape itself occurred later that month, January 2015:
The rape also occurred in late January, as the 10th-grader sat with Byrd in his car waiting for softball practice to begin.
Byrd pulled the girl’s baseball pants down and, despite her protests, forced her to have intercourse, the police report says. She told investigators that was the only time it happened.
Incredibly, the coach himself may bear primary responsibility for the revelation of his own felonious acts; he allegedly told another person at the school about the sexual encounter between the pair, with that person telling school administrators. He was formally fired from his position as an assistant basketball coach the day that charges were brought against him.