St. Louis-area club soccer coach charged with statutory rape

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A former coach for a prominent St. Louis region soccer club has been charged with statutory rape after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old player.

Hugh Patrick McVey, 31, was charged Thursday after a joint investigation in St. Charles and St. Louis counties. He faces a total of seven counts of statutory rape and statutory sodomy.

McVey was appointed head coach of a Lou Fusz girls soccer team in June. The team won the under-16 U.S. national championship last year with McVey as assistant coach, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. 

When asked about McVey on Thursday, the club said a volunteer coach had been removed after the club received a report that the coach had an inappropriate relationship with a player. 

The player obtained an order of protection last month against McVey. 

Brian Millikan, a lawyer for McVey, declined to comment and McVey did not respond to a message, the Post-Dispatch reported.

McVey was on probation for a 2019 misdemeanor resisting arrest and DWI charge at the time of the alleged relationship, according to court documents.