Former Softball Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse in Tuscaloosa County
A former softball coach from Jefferson County who was accused in February of sexually abusing a juvenile on her team years ago is facing four new felony charges filed in Tuscaloosa County, court records show.
AL.com reports the suspect, Meagan Billingsley Deese, was arrested by the Hoover Police Department on February 14th and charged with first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for an immoral purpose.
Hoover PD said the charges came after someone filed a report claiming they were subjected to unwanted sexual contact by Deese on multiple occasions between 2014 and 2016, when the victim was a juvenile.
Deese now faces four new counts of first-degree sexual abuse after a former player said the coach engaged in the same behavior in Tuscaloosa County. Jurisdiction laws required criminal charges related to actions that took place here to be filed here.
The new charges stem from incidents in 2014 and 2015, when Deese was reportedly 23 and her alleged victim was a juvenile.
One deposition notes that although these incidents took place in Tuscaloosa and Northport, most of the unwanted sexual encounters between Deese and this alleged victim took place in Jefferson County.
Deese, now 30, was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on the new charges Friday and released the same day on a combined $60,000 bond.
Deese is listed as a Pelham resident, but is not and has never been affiliated with Pelham High School or the Pelham City Schools system.
At the time of her original arrest in February, detectives said they believe Deese may have abused other victims who have yet to come forward.
Anyone with relevant information about Deese or the allegations against her is asked to call Hoover PD's Sgt. Scott Prentiss at 205-739-6125.
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