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Special Olympics coach charged with raping disabled athlete

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Posted at 11:48 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 15:20:23-04

READING, Pa. (AP) -- A former coach for a county Special Olympics soccer team is going to trial on charges of raping a player with intellectual disabilities.

The Reading Eagle reports Michael Sheldon was ordered held without bail after a preliminary hearing Thursday.

He was charged in March with assaulting the 24-year-old man at Sheldon's apartment July 15.

The victim told investigators that he rebuffed Sheldon's advances and that Sheldon sexually assaulted him after he fell asleep.

Police say the 28-year-old Sheldon threatened to take away the victim's Special Olympics involvement after the man reported the assault.

A spokeswoman with the Special Olympics of Berks County says Sheldon was suspended after he was charged.

A call seeking comment from Sheldon's public defender wasn't returned.