LEESBURG, Va. (WJLA) - A well-known Loudoun County basketball coach and trainer has been arrested on accusations that he sexually assaulted at least one of his athletes, officials say.
Marlow Mikassa Afshartous, a 39-year-old Reston resident who also goes by the name Marlow Talley, was charged Saturday with sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography, Loudoun County Sheriff's officials say.
Talley was a member of the VCU basketball team in the mid-1990’s, and went on to play professional ball in Finland where he won a slam dunk contest. Then, Talley worked as an assistant for the Georgetown Day School women’s varsity team for the last three seasons, and since 2012, has coached at the Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling, VA.
According to an affidavit in Loudoun County court, the alleged victim came forward in late June and late July claiming that on multiple occasions in Loudoun County and Fairfax County, Talley sexually abused her.
She detailed physical actions, as well as Marlow requesting her to take a picture of herself topless with his cell phone.
The victim was 12-years-old at the time of the alleged incidents.
Talley continued to be employed by the county as a basketball instructor up until the day before he was arrested, officials say.
Tony Rizk works out often at the Claude Moore Rec. Center and says:
"This is the place where kids go. And you really can't have people like that in this kind of environment."
Abbas Amiri’s daughter swims at the center, and though he didn’t know Talley personally, says the allegations are nonetheless unsettling:
"it's really sad to hear and see this type of thing happen."
Authorities in both Loudoun and Fairfax counties are trying to figure out if Talley victimized any other young people. The suspect is being held without bond at a Loudoun County jail.
Georgetown Day school released this statement:
Mr. Talley worked at Georgetown Day School in a limited capacity. From approximately November to February during the 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 school years he served as one of two Assistant High School Women’s Basketball Varsity Coaches. Mr. Talley is not currently employed by GDS nor will he be in the future.
We take matters of this kind very seriously and will be conducting an internal review surrounding his time at GDS.
Caroline Borges lives next door to the Talley family in Reston, where he was arrested on Saturday.
Borges says Talley seemed like a happy husband and father of two young daughters.
"They're a lovely family, so this is pretty upsetting," Borges says.