Former Kutztown field hockey coach charged with endangering welfare of children, corruption of minors

Former Kutztown High School field hockey coach Alicia Colon has been charged with endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

The Lower Swatara Police reported that the department was called on Oct. 27 to investigate an alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl that occurred during the evening hours of Aug. 3 to early morning hours of Aug. 4 at the Best Western Hotel in Middletown.

Colon, 25, Reading, was an assistant coach during the [Keystone State] games. The victim was staying in a hotel room with Colon and two other females and three men when Rafael Gomez, 21, Reading, allegedly raped the victim on the floor, while everyone was present in the room, according to police.

Kutztown School District Superintendent Kathy Metrick declined to comment on the districts response to the charges. She confirmed that this was not a school trip but would not comment on whether the victim was a Kutztown student.

Colon was a Kutztown assistant field hockey coach for two years for the field hockey season only. This years season was Aug. 12 to Oct. 14, according to Metrick.

When asked what disciplinary actions by the district are being taken against Colon, Metrick responded, She was employed during the field hockey season only. She is no longer employed by the school district.

When asked what the district does to screen coaches, Metrick said, They have to submit all the same clearances and background checks required for all school district employees before working with students.

According to Lower Swatara Police, Alicia Colon was acting as an assistant coach during the [Keystone State] games and was given a room at the Best Western Hotel.

On the 3rd of August Miss Colon was going to have a girls night at the room, with three other females, two of them being juveniles, reported police in the release.

During the evening, three males came to the hotel room to stay the night.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 4 the accused, Rafael Gomezallegedly raped the victim on the floor, while everyone was present in the room. Immediately after the alleged rape took place, the victim sent a text message to Miss Colon telling her what had happened. When Miss Colon received the message on the morning of the 4th she made the males leave the room, according to the release.

Police also report that after the three men left, Colon approached the victim and allegedly told her she couldnt say anything because it could cause her to lose her coaching job.

Gomez has been charged with rape, sexual assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.

Colon has been charged with two counts of hindering apprehension, criminal use of a communication device, two counts of endangering welfare of children, and two counts of corruption of minors.

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