The Patriot Ledger
The man charged this week with killing his 4-year-old daughter in Hull coached a Weymouth Youth Soccer team of kindergarten-age children in 2005, despite a conviction for assault and an arrest for attempted child rape.
Quincy attorney Jerry Murphy, who represents the nonprofit sports organization, said Michael Riley volunteered for the unpaid position in the fall of 2005, like many parents of players. Riley’s middle child, a daughter who is now 6, played on the team.
“There were no complaints, no allegations and no incidents,” Murphy said of Michael Riley’s time as a coach.
Murphy responded after a reporter called officers of Weymouth Youth Soccer to check a report that Riley had coached a team.
Riley supervised the team for eight games and no more than three practice sessions in September and October, Murphy said.
Riley was arrested in June 2005 and indicted in September 2005 on sex charges involving a 13-year-old girl.
Murphy said Riley was not in a position to pose a risk to children. Several teams play games on one field “where there are probably 2,000 parents and kids,” he said. “There is never a moment when any children are left unsupervised.”
A man who would not give his name told The Patriot Ledger that he notified youth soccer officials about the indecent assault charges against Riley after the season ended.
Murphy said he did not know whether officials were told, but Riley “was not asked to remain as a parent-coach after one season.” Many parents quit after one season, he said.
If officials had done a criminal record check, they would have known that Riley was convicted and sentenced to probation in 1998 for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, his foot, in Lynn. The attempted rape arrest would not have appeared on his record.
Murphy declined to say what the policy is on background checks of coaches.
Sue Reinert may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.