• 2nd accuser testifies against former wrestling coach

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - A second accuser testified Tuesday about the alleged mental and sexual abuse he endured for years as a wrestler at East Gaston High School.

    He told jurors his former coach, Scott Goins, started abusing him when he was just 11 years old.

    The accuser is a naval officer with security clearance working to protect the United States.

    He talked in court about the hopeless feeling of fighting against his wrestling coach, Goins.

    He said he weighed just 60 pounds when Goins began physically dominating him.

    His older brother wrestled for Goins at East Gaston High School.

    Both are accusers, with similar stories, but they didn't know the other's experience.

    Channel 9 is not identifying him.

    He described physical abuse as very common on the wrestling team and said the coach was the most abusive -- hitting and choking wrestlers until they passed out.

    “It could happen at any time.  Scott Goins could come up behind us at any minute,” he said.

    He said if he tried to stand up to Goins, that just meant more abuse.

    “You are going to feel some type of wrath.  You are going to get beat up,” he said.

    The man, who is now a married father, said he accepted the abuse because he wanted to be a wrestler.

    "I wanted to be like those guys so much,” he said.

    He told jurors the coach started touching him when they shared beds on road trips, and Goins had a policy.

    "What happens on trips stays on trips,” he said.

    As he became a better wrestler, he said the coach came to his home for mental training sessions.

    He said it started as meditation and ended with sex in a locked bedroom, the same way his brother described.

    "I just wanted to jump out of my window and run to my neighbor’s house,” the accuser said.

    He said he was so afraid that he told no one, even after the abuse ended in 2002.

    He confessed last year when a friend told him about another wrestler who came forward.

    "Those accusations are true and the reason i know it is because it happened to me too,” he said.

    Earlier in the trial,  the defense attorney said this accuser asked Goins for a recommendation after graduation, so he could continue his education and become a naval officer.

    The defense attorney will begin his cross-examination Wednesday morning.

    Read our past coverage:

    June 5, 2013: Police: Gaston Co. coach accused of molesting students

    June 6, 2013: 3rd student accuses coach of sexual abuse

    April 1: Judge OKs contact between accused coach's attorney, victims

    July 15: Jury selection starts for former coach accused of sex abuse

    July 18:Witness describes how he says former coach ‘groomed’ him

    July 21: Former wrestler testifies in trial of coach accused of sexual misconduct

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