BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are investigating after they say a 13-year-old female was raped by a coach at her school.
26-year-old Carl Trusty faces numerous charges in this case, including second-degree rape. The incident was passed on to Baltimore PD on April 7 by school police.
A police official says the crime happened at Collington Square Elementary/Middle School.
Baltimore City Public Schools says Trusty served in a “support capacity” at the school as an employee of NewFit Kids, a third-party contractor.
Wednesday police say Trusty was in a what was described as consensual relationship with the teen.
“Now let’s understand a consensual relationship is not something a 13 year old girl can offer. A 13 year old girl cannot consent to a sexual relationship with an adult that’s a crime,” said T.J. Smith, Baltimore police spokesman.
Police say the crime was first reported earlier this month by school police.
Investigators noted the relationship could have started as early as late last year.
WJZ spoke with people in the community who claim to know trusty and say they are floored by the allegations.
One man said Trusty was usually seen playing sports with students outside the school.
“It shocked me because he didn’t seem like that type of coach,” Charlie Woo said.
“I’m a little shocked and tore bout that. We never thought nothing of it because he always be around the young kids and now. I’m tore up,” one man said.
The investigation is ongoing, but police say the incidents may have started late last year. Police also believe there might be additional victims.
Anyone who might have been a victim of inappropriate conduct with Trusty is asked to call detectives from the Special Investigations Section at (443) 984-7378.
The district say it is fully cooperating with police in its investigation
BCPS released the following statement about the arrest of Trusty:
“Carl Trusty served in a support capacity at Collington Square Elementary/Middle School as an employee of NewFit Kids, a third-party contractor. City Schools’ top priority is the safety and well-being of students, and the district is cooperating fully with the Baltimore Police Department in its investigation.”