Former James Madison High School coach Noah Rucker has been charged with three counts of “indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial and/or supervisory position,” according to local ABC affiliate WJLA.
The alleged crime happened 11 years ago, when Rucker was 29 and the victim was 17, though the victim has only recently come forward, when Rucker was the coach at James Madison High. Other programs that he has coached include Bishop Ireton High School.
His most recent job has been with the Curl Burke West-Site, where he has since been removed as one of the coaches. According to an online registry, he is engaged to another Curl Burke coach, with the wedding date having been set for August 11th. He was also on the 2005 Eastern Zone PVS coaching staff, as a coach of the MAKO Club.
Other clubs that he has been confirmed to be affiliated with include the Wellington Dolphins and PATRIOT, a former club that he owned and was the head coach of.
If convicted, Rucker would be one of the more high-profile coaches in the recent run of sexual abuse revelations in the sport.
James Madison was the Virginia AAA Boys State Champions in 2009.
In a statement to WJLA, Rucker denies the charges:
“Noah Rucker denies all charges against him and looks forward to clearing his name at trial if not before that time. [The alleged victim] told several people at the time of the initial investigation that she and Mr. Rucker had not been sexually intimate. Since she claims to be physically incapable of lying, that must be true. We also find it hard to believe that [the alleged victim] voluntarily would have dated Mr. Rucker when she was 21 years of age if he actually had molested her when she was fifteen.
“[The alleged victim] clearly is a troubled young woman, but Mr. Rucker is not the cause of her troubles.
“Mr. Rucker and his family and friends have no further comment.”