Coach Charged With Sexual Assault

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

A former high school basketball coach is facing dozens of charges including sexual assault and child abuse, allegedly taking place from September 2005 to March 2006. 28-year-old Gregory Burr was a basketball coach at the Momument Academy, a charter school in District 38.

According to court documents, a handful of teenage basketball players say Coach Burr would hit them in the groin, sometimes with his fist, sometimes with a basketball and then laugh afterward. A couple of teens say they were the kind of hits that would leave them breathless. Another player says he had surgery and believes it was because he was hit so many times in the groin.

The court documents also say there was a sleepover at Burr's house where he showed them internet porn sites. Another accusation, the teens say while riding in Burr's car, he would pour water on them and then drive with the windows down.

When we told parents about the allegations, they were taken back. One woman said, “It surprises me.” Another parent said, "It really breaks my heart."

Gregory Burr no longer works at the school. His wife, Sharalee, was the athletic director there. Her attorney tells us she was recently fired and given no reason.

If convicted, Burr faces 10-32 years behind bars. According to the affidavit, the students say they never came forward because Burr threatened to kick them off the team.

That's exactly what Student Crime Stoppers is designed for. It’s a place where kids can anonymously call in about a concern going on at their school. That number is 444-STOP.


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