Kelsey McCarter, 29, is the wife of a former high school football coach. She claims that she hooked up with one of his 14-year-old players because he wanted it.
McCarter is now asking a Tennessee court to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the student, who alleges that she molested him. McCarter hooked up with the boy repeatedly, while he was living with her and her husband.
McCarter and her husband, Justin McCarter, are named as the defendants in the lawsuit according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. The lawsuit also names the Knox County School Board. It alleges that Kelsey McCarter began abusing the boy in July 2014 when he was only 14 years old. The abuse continued until January 2016 and the relationship concluded after an ‘inappropriate’ picture of McCarter began to circulate on social media.
Kelsey McCarter is currently serving a three-year prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to six counts of statutory rap3. Her lawyer, Doug Tyrant, believes that the lawsuit should be thrown out because his client is not a rapist. He said that despite the boy’s claims of abuse, ‘ . . . the complaint is replete with factual allegations allowing the conclusion that (he) was a willing participant in numerous encounters with Ms. McCarter.’
Court records show that the McCarters received permission from the boy’s mother to allow him into their home in July 2014. According to the lawsuit, the coach, Justin McCarter, took the boy into his home when he was ‘experiencing domestic issues’ with his single mother.
Court records also allege that Kelsey McCarter ‘lured’ the 14-year-old boy into a relationship behind her husbands back. It wasn’t until August 2015, when the McCarters began experiencing tension in their marriage, that the boy was asked to leave the home. Justin McCarter’s lawyer, Julia Anna Trant, argues that her client had no idea that his wife was having relations with the boy.
Kelsey McCarter’s lawyer, Doug Trant, argues that there was no abuse and that the boy actually benefited from the relationship with
The relationship continued in October 2015 when Kelsey McCarter asked her husband if the boy could move back into their home. According to court records, the coach agreed, however, just a few months later, the boy posted a nude photo of Kelsey McCarter on social media. Upon investigation, Kelsey McCarter was arrested and her husband resigned as assistant football coach.
The lawsuit is still ongoing and the court proceedings are scheduled for December 20th.