Softball Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Player - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Softball Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Player



    A Bucks County softball coach is under arrest for allegedly having sex with one of his teenaged players. He's a married father of three. NBC10's Denise Nakano says the relationship came to light after the girl's parents saw text messages on her phone. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013)

    A Bucks County softball coach was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulted one of his players.

    Officials with the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of 36-year-old Eric Romig of Quakertown. Romig is the coach of both the Pennridge High School JV softball team as well as the Sellersville Belles traveling softball team. Officials say the victim was a member of both teams.

    During a press conference on Monday, officials say the girl’s parents noticed a large amount of text messages between the two and alerted police.

    The Philly Inquirer reports the girl told police she and Romig started “to date” in either May or June and that they exchanged explicit videos and photos through text messages. Even after the girl's parents took away her phone, Romig allegedly hid another cellphone near the girl's house in a desperate attempt to continue the relationship.

    When interviewed by police, Romig allegedly confessed to having sex with the girl at his home as well as a park on numerous occasions.

    Detectives served a search warrant on Romig's house and confiscated a computer and cellphone.

    Romig was arrested on Tuesday and charged with institutional sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. He was sent to the Bucks County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail. Romig is also a husband and father of three.

    Officials are worried that there may be more victims and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

    "He made at least one reference in speaking with his present victim to another named female," said Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler. "Someone he had coached or wished to coach."