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Arlington, VA – Arlington County Police are currently investigating a former high school basketball coach who has been charged with sexually-based offenses involving minors. The police are urging the public to come forward with any information that could help identify other possible victims. The suspect, George Porcha, 53, from Winterville, NC, served as a girls’ basketball coach at Washington-Liberty High School located at 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22201, in the early 2000s when the alleged abuse was said to have occurred.

Investigation Identifies Two Victims Allegedly Sexually Abused by High School Basketball Coach

According to a police news release, the investigation into George Porcha began in October 2022 following information received regarding possible offenses involving minors that occurred between 2000 and 2003. During the course of the investigation, two female victims were identified. Both victims were students at Washington-Liberty High School when the incidents took place. Porcha has been charged with carnal knowledge of a minor and taking indecent liberties with children.

Ongoing Investigation To Determine If More Victims Abused by VA Basketball Coach

The investigation is still ongoing, and authorities are actively seeking additional victims who may have been subjected to similar offenses. The Arlington County Police are urging anyone with relevant information to come forward and provide assistance in the case. Detective P. Pena can be reached at 703-228-4183, or alternatively, individuals can contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers hotline at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

A Deeper Look at Coach Porcha’s Background

George Porcha had a lengthy career in Virginia’s basketball scene. Apart from his coaching stint at Washington-Liberty High School, he served as the head coach for the girls’ basketball team at Alexandria City High School (previously known as T.C. Williams High School) between 2004 and 2007. He also coached the boys’ basketball team at Woodbridge High School from 2014 to 2016.

In addition to his high school coaching positions, Porcha worked as an assistant coach for various college basketball programs. He had affiliations with Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, and Boston College’s women’s basketball programs. The Roanoke Times reported that Porcha was previously associated with Virginia Tech but was released from his position by the Hokies in the fall of 2022.

As the investigation into these serious charges continues, law enforcement officials remain committed to uncovering any additional victims who may have been impacted by George Porcha’s alleged actions. The cooperation of the public in providing information is crucial in ensuring that justice is served and that any individuals affected receive the support they need.

Understanding the Legal Options Available for Victims Sexually Abused By a High School Coach

In the wake of the recent sex-related charges against former VA high school basketball coach George Porcha, the path to justice and healing for the victims and their families becomes a crucial topic of discussion. In this interview, esteemed child abuse lawyer Kevin Biniazan, Esq., explains the legal options available to victims of high school sex abuse. Join us as we reveal the complexities of seeking justice and the importance of obtaining compensation for those affected by these traumatic incidents.

Laurence Banville (LB): Thank you, Kevin, for joining us today. The allegations against George Porcha have undoubtedly shocked the community. Can you explain what legal recourse is available for the victims and their families in such cases?

Kevin Biniazan, Esq. (KB): Certainly, Laurence. When it comes to seeking justice for victims of sexual abuse by a high school basketball coach or any similar authority figure, civil litigation can be an avenue for obtaining compensation and holding the responsible parties accountable. Victims and their families may have the option to file a civil lawsuit seeking damages for the harm they have suffered.

LB: What are the key factors that determine the viability of a civil case in situations like these?

KB: Several factors come into play when assessing the viability of a civil case. First, it’s crucial to establish a legal duty owed by the liable parties to the victims. In this case, the coach’s duty of care towards the students is clear. Second, evidence of the coach’s misconduct and the resulting harm suffered by the victims must be gathered and presented effectively. Lastly, it’s important to identify other potentially liable parties, such as the school district or administrators, who may have been negligent in their duty to protect the students.

LB: How can the victims and their families initiate a civil case, and what steps should they take to ensure a strong legal strategy?

KB: To initiate a civil case, victims and their families should consult with an experienced child abuse attorney who specializes in school sexual abuse cases. The attorney will guide them through the legal process, which typically involves filing a complaint, conducting extensive investigations, gathering evidence, and building a compelling case. It’s crucial to act promptly, as there are statutes of limitations that vary by jurisdiction and can affect the timeframe for filing a lawsuit.

LB: What role does compensation play in civil cases involving sexual abuse, and how can it help the victims in their healing process?

KB: Compensation obtained through a successful civil case can provide financial support for the victim’s medical expenses, therapy, counseling, and other necessary services. It can also help alleviate the emotional and psychological burdens they have endured. Additionally, holding the liable parties accountable through civil litigation can empower survivors and contribute to their healing process by validating their experiences.

LB: Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your insights with us. It’s essential for victims and their families to understand their legal options and seek justice in the wake of such traumatic incidents. We appreciate your expertise in shedding light on this matter.

KB: Thank you, Laurence. It’s crucial to raise awareness about these issues and provide support to survivors and their families during these difficult times. I encourage anyone affected by similar situations to consult with a qualified attorney who can help navigate the legal process and fight for their rights.

Abused By a High School Coach? Contact Us for a Free Consultation.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a high school basketball coach or any authority figure, it is helpful to understand your legal options and seek the justice you deserve. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide support and guidance through this challenging process. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, assess its merits, and help you navigate the legal path toward healing and compensation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for compassionate assistance in seeking justice for yourself or your loved ones.

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