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SoCal Youth Soccer Group Hit with Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Abuse

The family of a young soccer player recently sued the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO) for alleged sexual assault.

The American Youth Football Association (AYSO) was recently targeted in a lawsuit filed by a young footballer’s family for negligence that resulted in sexual abuse, according to the San Diego-based law firm Estey & Bomberger. The lawsuit was filed in the Riverside County Superior Court earlier this week. It is alleged that the soccer group, affiliated with US soccer, “facilitated the sexual abuse of boys by ignoring the organization’s guidelines for the protection of players.”

According to the lawsuit, the young victim was a “player for an AYSO club in southern California and was taken to a soccer camp run by UK International Soccer, a UK company headquartered in Redlands that provides coaches for local AYSO programs. ” The lawsuit further alleges that “UK International Soccer brought Stephen Morgan to Southern California on a work visa from the UK to train AYSO players.” From there, the prestigious organization “persuaded the plaintiff’s family to house Morgan, who began grooming and then sexually abusing the then 11-year-old young player,” the lawsuit reads.

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In addition to the American Youth Soccer Association (AYSO), Morgan and UK International Soccer are named in the lawsuit. The defendants are charged with “child sexual assault, negligence, negligent recruitment, surveillance and retention, and negligent failure to warn, train or investigate”.

Commenting on the suit, Stephen Estey, the child’s lawyer, said:

“It does not appear that either of the defendants did a background check on Morgan before granting him access to the little boys and also taking him to my client’s home, where he had direct access to my client … At no point did either of Defendant Defendants inform my client’s parents that no background check has been performed on Morgan. “

To make matters worse, the lawsuit argued, “AYSO officials, including a child and volunteer protection attorney and a local board member, were aware that Morgan had repeatedly violated AYSO guidelines to avoid being alone To be child players. ”

Ever since the child confided in his mother’s abuse, Morgan has been arrested and charged with “eight indecent acts involving a child under the age of 14”. In addition, Morgan pleaded guilty on three counts and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Estey said:

“The harm in this case, as in any sexual abuse case, is significant … There have been at least two suicide attempts and several other problems that require therapy.”

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One lawsuit alleges that prominent SoCal youth football organizations have ignored child protection guidelines in cases of sexual abuse

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