Teacher faces trial in sex abuse case
by: SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Friday, January 01, 2010
1/1/2010 4:26:25 AM
MIAMI, Okla. — A former Wyandotte band teacher charged with molesting two former students was held over for trial, court records show.
Brian Matthew Rash, 38, of Joplin, Mo., is charged in Ottawa County District Court in Miami with first-degree rape, first-degree attempted rape, four counts of rape by instrumentation and two counts of lewd and indecent proposal to a child. His preliminary hearing was held Monday, according to court records.
One victim, a now 21-year-old former band student, told authorities around 200 molestations occurred at Rash's residence, the Wyandotte School band room, Rash's van and hot tub, according to a probable cause affidavit. The first molestation occurred on out-of-town band trip where Rash supplied the 11-year-old victim with alcohol, the affidavit states.
Another victim, a now 22-year-old former band student, reported to authorities sexual misconduct activities with Rash when he was between ages 10 and 13, the affidavit states.
Rash was employed by Joplin Catholic School District from 1995 to 1997; Wyandotte Public School District from 1997 to 2000 and Neosho (Missouri) Public School District from 2000 to 2007.
He is being held on $650,000 bail and is set to return to court Jan. 15 for arraignment.
Police: Coach accused of sex abuse likely skipped out of U.S.
By: Scott McCabe
Examiner Staff Writer
December 31, 2009
A Little League baseball coach accused of molesting at least three of his players has fled the country and Fairfax police are asking for the public's help in bringing him to justice.
John E. Hamilton, 38, of Centreville, was scheduled to plead guilty in October to charges that would have put him behind bars for a long time. Instead, he failed to show up. Police believe Hamilton may have fled the country, and is hiding out in Denmark or Frankfurt, Germany.
His story was featured earlier this month on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
"We're hoping that anybody with knowledge about his whereabouts will come forward," said Fairfax County police officer Tawny Wright.
The investigation began earlier this year, when a 24-year-old man told police that he had been molested by his coach when he was 12, including in the parking lot of Carl Sandburg Middle School and at Hamilton's home.
The victim said seeing Hamilton with a young boy motivated him to come forward. Hamilton was arrested in May and at least two more young men have told authorities they had been abused by him, too.
Hamilton, who worked at his family's business, Wick's Sports Lettering in Alexandria, is listed as 6-foot-3, 285 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.
Readers of The Washington Examiner have helped authorities captured two fugitives this month and police are hoping they can come through again this week.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-TIPS (8477) or Detective Jeremy Hinson at 703-246-7523.