• Witness describes how he says former coach ‘groomed' him

    By: Ken Lemon


    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Graphic testimony is being presented right now in the trial of a Gaston County High School coach accused of forcing players to have sex with him.

    One of Scott Goins’ accusers is giving details to jurors about how he said the East Gaston coach groomed him.
    The witness said he wanted to be a better wrestler and thought he could get a wrestling scholarship.

    He said that is why he stayed with Goins, even after the coach targeted him for sex.

    Channel 9 is not identifying the accuser.

    The former wrestler said Goins was a tough coach who ruled his team at East Gaston High School with fear.

    He said Goins randomly choked them until they passed out.

    The accuser showed jurors pictures of how much bigger Goins was in 1998 compared with him at 110 pounds. He said the coach had assigned rooms during trips.

    “You sleep there, you sleep here. You sleep with me,” the accuser said.

    The witness said Goins always shared a bed.

    One night, the witness said, he woke up to find Goins had placed his hand on the coach's privates.

    He said during another trip the coach ordered upperclassmen to strip him and another wrestler and put makeup on them.

    “They started drawing rude comments on our bodies,” the witness said.
    He said the coach laughed and took pictures.

     The worst incidents he said happened at his home while his parents were away.

    "He performed oral sex on me while he was wearing a wig,” he said.

    The defense pointed out that this accuser kept a relationship up with Goins even after he left high school.

    “(He) asked this terrible monster to be in his wedding, be a groomsman in his wedding,” said defense attorney Brent Ratchford.

    Ratchford said wrestlers are often naked around each other and the coach did nothing wrong.

    The wrestler said Goins also sexually abused his younger brother. His young brother persuaded him to go to police last year.

    The brother may also be called to testify against their former coach.

    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: Juddge OKs contact between accused coach's attorney, victims

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

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