Cheerleading coach David Chatman accused of raping high school cheerleader
David A. Chatman, a 38-year-old cheerleading coach from Corvallis, Oregon, has been accused of raping a 17-year-old high school cheerleader while she was unconscious under the influence of prescription medication. According to KVAL.com, Chatman faces charges of first degree rape and second degree sex abuse by a coach.
The incident reportedly occurred in September of 2012 but was brought to the attention of authorities when the girl’s mother contacted the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office last month. The alleged victim claims she went to Corvallis to visit Chatman, who had coached her at cheerleading school, when she was raped.
Investigators say the girl claimed she took a prescription medication that knocks her out before going to bed and awoke to find Chatman on top of her.
“He was raping me,” she said according to court documents.
The girl has given the underwear she was wearing at the time to police and a crime lab analysis is underway. Chatman was arrested after being interviewed, but has pleaded not guilty to charges against him. He claims he thought the girl was 19 and that the sex was consensual.
But that’s not all. Chatman was apparently a registered sex offender to begin with, stemming from an incident in 2007 involving a 16-year-old cheerleader. He was convicted in federal court of touching the girl on an airplane while she was sleeping. It’s probably going to be difficult for him to build a case in this instance with a prior incident like that hanging over his head.