Former Bucks County Football Coach Charged With Sexually Assaulting 3 Juveniles

BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — A former Bucks County youth football coach has been charged with sexually assaulting three juveniles.

Bensalem police say 47-year-old Shannon “Shawn” Westmoreland, of West Chester, was a football coach at Bensalem Rambler’s Athletic Association when he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old back in 2005.

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Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference, “If anybody out there has any information they may know of another victim of this man, we are asking for your help.”

Investigators say Westmoreland also assaulted another child from the age of 4 until she was 9 or 10 years old and a 6-year-old in 1999, and again when she was 18 in 2011.

“Although it is my fervent prayer and hope that there are no other victims, it is my fear there may still be other victims out there and that’s why we’re making this plea for your help,” Weintraub said.

He went on to say the members of the cheer leading squad “may have been potentially targeted.”

Weintraub added “these types of cases take on a pattern, and we are just concerned the pattern may have repeated itself.”

Shannon “Shawn” Westmoreland was arrested and charged with rape, rape of a child under age of 13, rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, indecent assault of a child and other related offenses.

Judge Deatelhauser set bail at $300,000 cash. Westmoreland was transported to Bucks County Prison.

 

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