Parents trust that the people hired to teach and coach their kids genuinely care about their well-being. Which is why it’s especially painful when they find out that that’s not the case.
In 2015, a Tennessee high school football coach offered to take in 1 of his players and the teen’s brother and mentor them to keep them out of trouble. The boys’ mother was touched that the coach cared so much, and was understandably blindsided when she discovered what had really been going on under the coach’s roof…
A Devoted Coach
Like most teachers and coaches, Justin McCarter only ever wanted the best for the high school students he coached on the South-Doyle High School football team. The assistant coach from Tennessee always took his job seriously since he knew his role as a coach gave him the opportunity to influence a young person’s life for the better.
So when Justin noticed that 1 of his players wasn’t acting like himself and was suddenly getting into trouble, he took it upon himself to try and help the teenager, in an attempt to stop the high schooler from going down a bad path…
Justin became extremely worried about his player when he started skipping school and was starting to have behavioral problems when he did make it to class. Rather than just ignore the issue, Justin got in touch with the boy’s mother and offered to help.
The Kindhearted Offer
Since the woman seemed to be struggling to raise the sophomore student, whose name has not been released to the public, and his older brother on her own, Justin offered to help her out by having the boys come live with him and his wife…
Justin explained that he really didn’t want to see the teenager get involved with the wrong crowd and waste all the opportunities he had. If his behavioral issues continued, Justin believed the boy would eventually get kicked off the team and possibly expelled from the school.
Justin told his player’s mother that he would be happy to have him and her other son come live with him in his home along with his wife, Kelsey McCarter, so that he could mentor the boys and help them get back on the right path before it was too late…
Putting Her Sons First
The mother of 2 didn’t know what else to do with her sons since she was busy trying to provide for them. She knew she was struggling by herself and was willing to let them live with another family if it meant they would be better off, so she agreed to let Justin try and mentor the boys.
A Promising Start
At first, the boys seemed to be responding well to the change of pace and the more structured schedule that Justin and Kelsey gave them to help them stay out of trouble. They stopped skipping school and their behavior started to improve…
1 Year Later
The teenage boys moved into Justin’s home in Knoxville in early 2015, and for the next 11 months, they seemed to be living happily with their mentor and his wife. However, just about a year later in January 2016, the truth about what was going on inside the home was revealed.
On December 31, 2015, the 2 brothers abruptly moved back home with their mother. Justin couldn’t understand what had gone wrong with the living arrangement until the football player came up to him one day with graphic photos of himself with Justin’s wife, Kelsey…
Blackmailing The Coach
The teenager started blackmailing his football coach, who only ever tried to help him. Justin didn’t know what to do at first, since the nude photos would have serious repercussions for Kelsey if they were ever made public or anyone found out about them.
The Truth Comes Out
For about a month, Justin tried to keep the situation under control, but couldn’t put up with the blackmailing any longer. On January 27, Justin finally told the assistant principal, Clark Duncan, about the affair his wife had had with the student and the photos he was using to blackmail him with…
Not only were the photos incriminating, but they were dated from December 23, which proved that the statutory rape was happening while the boys were in their care. Duncan immediately notified Principal Tim Berry about what the football coach had told him.
The Investigation Begins
Berry contacted the Department of Children’s Services the following day on January 28, 2016, to report the abuse. Officials from DCS immediately contacted the police and an investigation was opened about the reports of the sexual abuse between the football coach’s wife and 1 of his players…
When the detectives contacted the 16-year-old student about the photos and the abuse, he denied everything. Despite what he told them, the investigators found evidence that the abuse happened several times between February 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.
A Year-Long Affair
According to the investigation, the abuse occurred mostly in Justin and Kelsey’s home when the boys were living with them, as well as in the car when Kelsey was driving the 16-year-old back to his mother’s home. According to reports, there was no evidence, however, that Kelsey had any inappropriate relations with the boy’s older brother…
As a result of the scandal, Justin was forced to give up his job as the assistant coach of the school’s football team. When the investigation was finished, Kelsey McCarter was arrested and charged with 6 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and 1 count of exploitation of a minor by electronic means.
A Plea Deal
McCarter faced 38 years in prison if she went to trial and was found guilty on all charges, which was extremely likely because of the ample evidence the police had against her. In order to get a minimum sentence, McCarter accepted a deal with the prosecutors…
In exchange for pleading guilty to all the charges, McCarter was given the minimum sentence of 3 years in prison. Despite everything McCarter did to betray and hurt her husband, Justin still stood by her side at her sentencing hearing in September 2017.
Paying For Her Mistakes
“She made a mistake. She’ll move past it. She’s young, and as you saw, her family is here in support of her. Her husband is strongly supportive of her,” McCarter’s lawyer said. “She’s very sorry about what happened, she’s sorry she put her family through this. It’s tough and it will continue to be tough.”