Marquita Adley, a Broward County, Florida basketball coach and former forward for Florida International University, was arrested on Tuesday after a 16-year-old female basketball player alleged that she and Adley had a sexual relationship, according to press reports. Adley, 25, was booked into Broward County Jail on three counts of sexual battery by a custodian on a victim under 18 years of age. She has since been released on $15,000 bail bond. It remains unclear whether she has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to the press, Adley has a storied career as a basketball player and coach in South Florida. She was an all-state and all-county forward at Monsignor Edward Pace High School before she went on to play for Florida International University. After graduating from college, Adley went on to coach youth basketball teams for various schools and other organizations, including West Broward High School. This is the first time Adley had faced allegations of this sort.
“As a coach, [Adley] did a good job with the kids. She worked them hard, taught [them] as she should as a coach. She was developing the players that she had,” the West Broward athletic director was quoted as telling the media after Adley’s arrest. In light of the allegations, Adley was reportedly removed from West Broward High’s website, although the school has not announced whether she has officially been let go. It is also not known what her status with the other teams that she has been coaching is.
Adley’s 16-year-old accuser, who remains unnamed in public reports, is reportedly a member of Davie basketball team Lady Storm. It is not clear whether the girl is also a student at West Broward High School. The alleged offenses occurred between April and June 2012 in three separate locations: the girl’s home and a teammate’s home during basketball team sleepovers, and in North Carolina during a basketball tournament.
On each occasion, the victim purportedly alleged that Adley either performed oral sex on her or digitally penetrated her. The victim reportedly told detectives that the sexual acts were consensual and that she had been an active participant. Each alleged encounter lasted less than five minutes, sources indicate.
It is not clear whether any of the girls’ teammates were aware of the alleged relationship. The victim apparently told authorities that she had asked Adley to keep the relationship a secret so that the victim would not get into trouble. However, the victim’s family evidently discovered what was happening and informed authorities. It is not known how the victim’s father, who also remains unnamed in public reports, found out about the alleged relationship.
During initial questioning on Monday, Adley reportedly denied the charges. However, after being read her Miranda rights during a Tuesday questioning, she allegedly confessed to having inappropriately touched the girl. She still, however, denied having performed oral sex on the victim.
If convicted as charged, Adley could be placed on Florida’s sex offender registry, which requires offenders to keep authorities updated on residences and other personal information and restricts career opportunities and contact with minors.
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