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Coach accused of molestation
Man baby-sat neighbor boys at south side home
By JESSICA McBRIDE
Last Updated: Nov. 7, 2003
A youth baseball coach molested six neighbor boys and tried to molest another while baby-sitting some of the youths at his south side Milwaukee home, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
Scott Douglas Gross, 28, asked some of the boys whether they wanted to be on his baseball team, the complaint says. Others were players on teams Gross coached, the complaint says.
The complaint alleges:
Gross told one 9-year-old boy he could play on the team without paying the $20 sign-up fee if he let Gross touch his genitals, the complaint says. The boy refused, and Gross gave the boy a baseball form and told him not to tell anybody, the complaint says.
Other boys whom Gross molested at his home in the 2400 block of S. 19th St. met Gross through his baseball activities, the complaint says.
The boys were all between the ages of 7 and 12. Two are brothers. The mother of the brothers told police that both of her children played baseball for Gross and spent the night at his home. She said she knew her sons slept in his room when they spent the night.
Gross told police that "he knows that he has a problem and needs help to stop; he never planned for this to happen, it was all spur of the moment," according to the complaint.
Gross was charged with six counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child enticement. He could face 60 years in prison on each sexual assault charge and 25 years in prison on the child enticement count.
Gross has been an occasional volunteer and employed as a part-time youth sports coach at the Beulah Brinton Recreational and Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St., operated by Milwaukee Public Schools, an MPS spokesman confirmed previously. Gross was arrested Sunday after one of the boys told his parents.
Prosecutor Paul Tiffin said Friday that it appeared that Gross sought out boys from his neighborhood as opposed to using his baseball coaching activities to recruit them for sexual activity. And Tiffin said there were probably not going to be additional charges.
"The police have followed up with his coaching, and there is no reason to believe that anything more is going to happen," said Tiffin. "The concern was that this was a coach, but I think this is the extent of it."
The complaint says the various sexual assaults occurred between Dec. 19, 2000, and Sunday.
Tiffin said there had been other sexual molestation cases with as many victims in his office before but called this situation "an ugly case. The parents trusted him with their kids. The kids slept over."
From the Nov. 8, 2003 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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