Softball coach, prosecution can't reach deal in sex case


Published: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

A case involving a former area high school softball coach accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a teenager has been scheduled for trial.

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Jeremy James McFadyen, 37, had been set to change his plea in the Alachua County case Thursday morning. Instead, attorneys for the state and McFadyen told Circuit Judge Peter K. Sieg that plea negotiations had stalled.

"We are at an impasse," said McFadyen's attorney, Larry Turner. Prosecutors had added a condition to the plea deal, which the attorney said "has turned out to be unacceptable."

A trial for McFadyen was tentatively set for July. He is accused of engaging in a sex act with a child 12 to 18 years old by a familial authority.

Gainesville Police filed a sworn complaint against McFadyen in 2005 based on allegations he engaged in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, starting in August 1999.

At the time, McFadyen had been employed in Bradford County as the head softball coach at Bradford High School.

McFadyen, police reported, had been the girl's softball coach since 1997 and worked one-on-one with her as a pitching coach. The alleged relationship took place in northwest Gainesville while the girl was an Alachua County resident and ended about two years later during her junior year in high school.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said prosecutors had called for plea conditions that would have banned McFadyen from coaching for two years and then forbidden him from one-on-one coaching for the duration of his probation.

Turner said McFadyen continues to coach for Gainesville Gold, a local softball program that's not affiliated with a specific school, and offers private pitching lessons. Under conditions set after his initial court appearance, McFadyen can have contact with minors under 18 if supervised by his attorney or an adult with familial or custodial authority over the child, according to Turner, prosecutors and court records.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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