Ex-coach's wife: Teen football player agreed to sex to stay in her home

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Ex-coach's wife: Teen football player agreed to sex to stay in her home


Ex-coach's wife: Teen football player agreed to sex to stay in her home


He wanted it.

That’s what the wife of a former South-Doyle High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) football coach says about the teenage boy she lured into her marital bed after her husband invited him into their home, court records show.

Kelsey McCarter, 29, is asking a Knox County Circuit Court judge to toss out a lawsuit filed against her and her husband — then South-Doyle assistant football coach Justin McCarter — by a 14-year-old boy who says she repeatedly molested him after he moved in with the couple.

She is currently behind bars after pleading guilty in Knox County Criminal Court in 2017 to a half-dozen statutory rape charges involving the boy. But she insists, via attorney Doug Trant, she’s no rapist or child molester, and the boy’s lawsuit for damages should be dismissed.

“(The boy) claims that he suffered injury from the repeated ‘sexual abuse’ by Ms. McCarter,” Trant wrote in a motion. “However, the complaint is replete with factual allegations allowing the conclusion that (he) was a willing participant in numerous sexual encounters with Ms. McCarter.”

More: South-Doyle sex abuse victim sues ex-football coach, coach’s wife and Knox school board

Football ‘trainee’ moves in

Court records show the McCarters moved the boy, who was a football “trainee” of the assistant coach, and his older brother into their home with permission from his mother in July 2014. According to the lawsuit, the boys and their single mother were “experiencing domestic issues,” and Justin McCarter agreed to mentor them.

Kelsey McCarter soon lured the 14-year-old boy into a sexual relationship — behind her husband’s back, court records state.

The couple, though, began fighting, and Justin McCarter told both boys to leave in August 2015. He denies in a motion to dismiss filed by attorney Julia Anna Trant the marital discord involved his wife’s infidelity with the boy. He says he had no idea his wife was having sex with the boy.

But Kelsey McCarter continued the sexual relationship with the teen even after he moved back home and, in October 2015, convinced her husband to move him back into their home. A few months later, the boy posted a nude photo of Kelsey McCarter on social media, and someone alerted school officials.

Kelsey McCarter was indicted and later pleaded guilty in return for a three-year prison term. Justin McCarter resigned as assistant football coach. The boy then sued the McCarters and the school system.

A hearing was set for Monday on their respective motions to dismiss it. But the hearing has since been postponed to Dec. 20.

Attorney: Consensual sex, mutual gain

Her attorney says the boy was not sexually abused and, therefore, isn’t entitled to try to collect damages. The boy, he says, benefited just as much as Kelsey McCarter did from their relationship.

“By (the boy’s) own admission in the complaint, he continued to ‘submit’ to the sexual contacts with Ms. McCarter because he wanted to return to live with the McCarters,” Doug Trant wrote.

Read the rest of the story at the Knoxville News Sentinel.


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