Diocese: Coach at Norfolk Catholic school arrested for child sex crimes

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 28 at 6:12 AM

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NORFOLK -- A volunteer coach at a Norfolk Catholic school has been arrested for sexual offenses against a minor, Catholic Diocese of Richmond spokeswoman Diana Snider confirmed to 13News Now.

Dr. Francine Gagne, principal at Christ The King Catholic School, said in a letter to parents Friday that a "member of the CTK community had been arrested and arraigned."

Neither Snider nor Gagne named the individual.  However, Snider confirmed to 13News Now that David Sellers, a volunteer coach, is no longer with the school. 

Court records show 60-year-old David Sellers of Norfolk was arrested on May 21 and charged with object sexual penetration, aggravated sexual battery and liberties with a child by a custodian.

According to warrants obtained by 13News Now, the alleged abuse occurred between January 2012 and April 2014. 

Sellers is currently being held in the Norfolk City Jail, held with no bond.

"We believe the criminal process will proceed in the usual manner," Gagne wrote in the letter.  "As far as we know the alleged misconduct took place in a home setting."

In her letter, Gagne asked for prayers and support for "those closest to the situation."

Snider said she does not believe the offenses involved students, nor did they take place at the school.

13News Now continues to investigate the allegations.  Check back for updates.  
 

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