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Former Md. youth soccer coach convicted of sexually abusing player who was 8-12 years old

Former youth soccer coach Eris Murray was charged with Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a Minor after accusations from a former player. (Photo, Anne Arundel County Police)

A former youth soccer coach has been found guilty of sexually abusing a former player years ago when the child who was between 8 and 12 years old.

Eris Murray, 55, of Hanover, was found guilty by an Anne Arundel County jury of Sex Abuse of a Minor, Second Degree Sex Offense, and Sodomy, according to a statement from State's Attorney Wes Adams.

Anne Arundel County Police said the victim told the Department of Social Services last October that Murray sexually abused him twice while Murray was coaching for the Maryland City Mustangs between four and eight years ago. He said Murray was also a family friend and the abuse happened at Murray’s home.

Police say Murray is no longer a coach with the team and has not been for several years. The victim lives out of state now.

"It is not uncommon for child victims of sexual abuse to report the crime years after the abuse occurred," Adams said in the statement. "I applaud this young man's bravery for stepping forward, pursuing justice on his own behalf, and preventing Eris Murray from harming others."

Murray is scheduled to be sentenced on October 11. He faces up to 45 years in prison, Adams said.

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