Crime

High School Coach Alicia Colon Charged With Covering Up Player’s Alleged Rape

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Pennsylvania high school field hockey coach was arrested this week for covering up the alleged rape of one of her players during an athletic festival in August.

Alicia Colon, 25, a coach at Kutztown Area High School, is accused of telling the 16-year-old victim to “forget” about the rape and didn’t report it to police.

The teen had been attending the Keystone State Games in Harrisburg with her family and was given permission to stay overnight at the Best Western Hotel with Coach Colon along with two other girls for a “girls night.”

The probable cause affidavit says Colon picked up three men in Elizabethtown, who spent the night in the room with Colon and the girls on Aug. 4.

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Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, 23, was charged with raping the 16-year-old in the hotel room.

According to police, Colon admitted that the men had taken Ecstasy and she had smoked marijuana with them.

The victim said she felt “uncomfortable” and slept on the floor because Colon and one of the men were “carrying on” in the bed where she was supposed to sleep.

The victim said she woke up twice with Gomez-Echavarria on top of her. The second time he allegedly sexually assaulted her and told her it would be “our little secret.”

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She texted Colon, who was in the same room, but she didn’t read the message until later in the morning.

Once the men had left the room, Colon told the girl to “forget about the rape and it will go away.”

"The victim had sent a text message right after it happened to the coach and in the morning, when the coach got the text message, she made an attempt to cover it up," said Det. Ryan Gartland, of Lower Swatara Twp. Police Dept.

When the girl’s mother reported the rape on Oct. 27, Colon told police she wasn’t trying to hide anything but “her story changed” when she learned investigator had her text messages.

"Alicia tried to cover up the rape in fear of losing her job," Det. Gartland wrote in the affidavit. "We confirmed this through text and Facebook messages."

Colon was charged with hindering apprehension, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors. She is expected to surrender to authorities later this week.

She no longer works at Kutztown Area High School, according to the school superintendent, Katherine Metrick.

Gomez-Ecchavarria was charged with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor. Police said he was already in Berks County Jail for violating probation, when the rape was reported.

Sources: 6 ABC, CNN