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Union Beach, NJ – A shocking revelation has rocked the Union Beach community as Ryan Gunsauls, a 32-year-old youth soccer coach and volunteer firefighter, faces more than two dozen child sex charges. The allegations involve victims as young as 11 years old.

Graphic Allegations Unveiled Against Union Beach Soccer Coach

According to police, Gunsauls stands accused of touching two players and sending explicit images of himself to multiple boys. The disturbing charges stem from his alleged actions of using his position as a coach to send sexually explicit images of himself to eight players through a social media app. The gravity of the situation intensifies as Gunsauls is also alleged to have received explicit pictures of some of those players and shared them with others. The victims range in age from 11 to 17, highlighting the vulnerability of the individuals involved.

Furthermore, he is accused of inappropriately touching two of the players.

Accused Served as a Former Volunteer Fightfighter and Police Dispatcher

Gunsauls, a well-known figure in the community, served as a coach for soccer teams belonging to the Union Beach Soccer Association. Additionally, he was listed as a volunteer firefighter with the Union Beach Fire Company No. 1 and spent close to a decade working as a police dispatcher with the town until that position was eliminated in 2023.

Parents of soccer players report being notified of Gunsauls’ removal from the team in a group chat on May 3. The Union Beach police contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office on May 7 regarding an ongoing child endangerment investigation, leading to Gunsauls’ arrest four days later.

Ongoing Investigation and Possibility of More Victims

Investigators believe there could be more victims and are urging potential victims to come forward and contact the Union Beach Police or the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Gunsauls remains in jail and faces decades behind bars if found guilty. A detention hearing has been set for May 20.

Navigating Legal Recourse in Youth Coach Sexual Abuse Cases

When allegations of sexual abuse by a youth coach surface, victims and their families often find themselves grappling with a multitude of questions and uncertainties. How can they seek justice? What legal avenues are available? And who can be held accountable for the trauma inflicted? In our interview, we turn to Stewart Ryan, Esq., an experienced New Jersey sexual assault lawyer, to unravel the complexities of these cases and provide a roadmap for victims to explore their rights and options.

Laurence Banville, Esq: Mr. Ryan, in cases like this involving a youth soccer coach accused of sexually abusing minors, what legal options do victims and their families have?

Stewart Ryan, Esq.: Victims of sexual abuse by a youth coach have the right to seek justice and compensation through civil lawsuits. They can file claims against the perpetrator, as well as any organizations or individuals who failed to protect the children from harm.

Banville: What types of damages can be sought in such cases?

Ryan: Victims may be entitled to compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages. Additionally, punitive damages can be pursued to hold negligent parties accountable and deter future misconduct.

Banville: How can negligence be established against organizations like youth sports associations or clubs?

Ryan: Organizations have a duty to properly screen and supervise coaches, implement safeguards, and respond appropriately to allegations of abuse. Failure to do so can constitute negligence, making them liable for the harm caused to victims.

Banville: What advice would you give to families considering legal action in cases of youth coach sexual abuse?

Ryan: My advice is to act promptly and consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney. Time limits apply, and building a strong case requires a thorough investigation and preservation of evidence. Victims deserve justice and accountability from all responsible parties.

Empowering Victims: Take the First Step Towards Justice

The harrowing ordeal of sexual abuse by a trusted youth coach can leave victims and their families feeling helpless and overwhelmed. However, it is important to remember that the law provides avenues for seeking justice, accountability, and compensation. If you or a loved one has been a victim of such a heinous crime, do not hesitate to exercise your legal rights. Contact us today for a confidential and free consultation. Our team of compassionate and experienced attorneys will guide you through the process, ensuring your voice is heard, and your rights are protected every step of the way.

Sources:

https://newjersey.news12.com/prosecutor-union-beach-soccer-coach-accused-of-touching-players-sending-graphic-images-to-minors

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