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Soccer Coach Accused Of Rape, More Victims Come Forward

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Harpeth Hall School soccer coach attempted suicide after he was arrested on four counts of rape for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a now 17-year-old girl. George Laise is expected to make a full recovery.

Four warrants charged 46-year-old George "Rico" Laise with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of rape involving a victim with a mental incapacity.

Now Metro Police say there are up to five more alleged victims that have come forward.

In the initial incident, detectives said police received information that Laise had been engaging in sex with the alleged victim, who is a student at another Nashville school. The teenager played on a travel soccer team coached by Laise.

She told detectives that she began having sex with Laise in March 2012 that continued through April of this year, a period during which she suffered from a concussion-related depression. She told police they engaged in sexual activity more than 50 times. According to the affidavit Laise said, "his rationale for continuing the sexual relationship was a misguided attempt to help her cope with her mental health crisis."

The victim also told police the sex occurred primarily at Laise's then-residence in Bellevue. He has since moved to Cheatham County.

Information on that case is expected to be presented to the Davidson County Grand Jury. He is expected to be in court on June 10th.

In response to the allegations, Harpeth Hall has placed Laise on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Meanwhile the Tennessee Soccer Club has fired the coach.

Laise has been coaching various youth soccer teams in the Nashville area since the late 1990s and offered private lessons.


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