JPSO: 2 more young men accuse youth coach of sexual abuse

JPSO: 2 more young men accuse youth coach of sexual abuse

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Investigators say two more young men have come forward saying a youth coach sexually abused them when they were boys.

Last week, Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies arrested James "Jim" Prince after three young men said he abused them as children around 2003. The victims told investigators Prince preyed on them while they were young athletes at Girard Playground in Metairie.

"We had no idea, no clue at all, none whatsoever," park parent Traci Bourque said.

She has kept the disturbing news from her children as she continues to allow them to compete at the playground.

"As a parent with any situation, you just have to kind of check the waters," she said. "We just have to keep our eyes open, our heart open and not being easily swayed."

Though the accusations are more than a decade old, Prince was still a Girard fixture when deputies put him in jail last week.

"It is kind of shocking. You don't think that's going on at the time. Those things don't even enter your mind, and this many years you find out about it," former park parent C.J. Minor said.

Minor knew Prince personally and said he never suspected his child's coach could be capable of abusing children.

"It's just extremely upsetting, and frankly, I hope justice prevails," Minor said.
Deputies say Prince forced the boys, who were between the ages of 8 and 11 at the time, to watch pornographic movies with him and perform lewd acts on themselves and with each other in front of him. Investigators also say one of the boys said Prince would make videos of himself with other children.

Prince is charged with one count of aggravated rape and three counts of sexual battery.

In Louisiana, the statute of limitations for sexual assaults against minors is 30 years after the minor turns 18. If DNA links someone to a minor's sexual abuse, there is no statute of limitations.

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