A former Oregon youth soccer coach faces charges of repeated sexual assault of a child for alleged incidents over a year and a half that began in 2012, according to a criminal complaint released today.
The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Daniel Gildea, 37, of Round Rock, Texas, has been in the jail in Williamson County, Texas, since his arrest on a warrant issued Monday in Dane County. The arrest wraps up an investigation that started in 2018, Dane County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Elise Schaffer said, before being sent to the district attorney’s office, which issued the charge Monday.
According to the criminal complaint, detectives Cheryl Patty and Jessamy Torres spoke in December 2018 to the parents of an 18 year old Oregon woman who told them Gildea sexually abused her during one-on-one soccer training, starting when she was 11. She said the abuse began after a family ski trip in March 2012, when she injured her knee. Gildea, her soccer coach, offered to help her rehabilitate, according to the complaint cited by the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to the complaint, during one-on-one sessions that mostly took place outdoors, out of the view of others, Gildea inappropriately touched her while helping her stretch. She said it happened during every one-on-one training session she had with him – at least once a week during soccer season – and similar incidents happened in the basement of her home in Oregon.
The woman said the abuse ended when she was 13 and began wearing spandex under her shorts to keep Gildea from touching her, according to the complaint.
Gildea, a citizen of the United Kingdom who Patty said came to America through a program to place British soccer coaches with U.S. teams, was a coach at Sting Soccer Club in Texas. Patty sought a criminal complaint and arrest warrant to keep him from fleeing the U.S. once Gildea learned of the complaint and the nature of the charge, according to the Wisconsin State Journal story.