ROSEVILLE (WWJ/AP) – A now former volunteer soccer coach will spend 31 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl at his Roseville home.
WDIV-TV reported applause broke out Wednesday as Jason Niemas was led from the courtroom after his sentencing in Macomb County Circuit Court in the assault on one of his daughter’s friends.
Niemasz was charged last year, at age 33, with first-degree criminal sexual conduct; after the incident was reported by the victim’s parents in late 2014.
Police Chief James Berlin said Niemasz was a volunteer coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization Region 708 in Warren, and it is through that association that the victim became friends with his daughter and acquainted with him.
“The daughter of the suspect, the victim is a friend of hers and was visiting with the daughter when this man took advantage of her,” Berlin told WWJ’s Mike Campbell.
Considering the allegations and Niemasz’s easy access to kids, police have said they were worried that he might have victimized other children.
“Unfortunately in these cases, there usually are [more victims]. Usually, we’re not lucky enough to catch them on the first offense,” said Berlin.
The investigation remains open. Police are urging any other potential victims to speak with their parents and report the assault. Any victim who wishes to come forward can contact police at 586-447-4510.
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