The volleyball coach has been arrested in SC on suspicion of raping the athletes

The volleyball coach and referee who performed in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, André Testa, was arrested this Thursday (4th) in Santa Catarina. He led the Associação Terra Firme staff, in São José, and was accused by 4 teenage athletes. He is suspected of rape of a weak particular person and 4 different crimes. Teams compete in fundamental classes.

in an interview UOL Sport, the delegate of the case, Marcela Goto, says that in addition to the 4 victims – aged between 15 and 17 – the investigation heard 5 witnesses. However, he says he has acquired new contacts from the coach’s potential victims this Friday (5) and must be chatting with them in the coming days.

Testa allegedly raped three of the 4 youngsters interviewed by the Civil Police. At all instances, as Marcela defined, she would drink the athletes till they handed out. “So he raped them,” she says. In all the statements, a sample of habits was reported: the coach would have a behavior of taking the youngsters to eating places, the place he insisted, in response to the analysis, that they drink alcoholic drinks. Testa then adopted the youngsters to remoted places.

The native broadcaster Santa Catarina NSC launched excerpts of the testimonies: “He took me to his home and there he began touching me. I didn’t have malice at the time as a result of I had lots of belief in him. He was very persuasive. He ended up abusing me. I used to be not in a place get this proper. It was my first time.”

Another former Test athlete, now an grownup, advised the NSC about the violence he suffered: “He went to a restaurant with me, purchased alcohol and compelled me to drink regardless that I did not need to. .He insisted and I ended up giving in. I used to be utterly drunk. and after we went to the automotive I assumed we have been going to Casa Atleta to sleep, to coach the subsequent day, however then he took a distinct route. gradual. But I solely have a flash of reminiscence, I haven’t got a full reminiscence as a result of I’m very, very drunk. I could not bodily cope with him .He took me to the bathe, put me to mattress bare and raped me.”

André Testa was a referee at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Image: Playback/NSC TV

Marcela Goto confirms all experiences. The third boy who was raped by Testa, in response to him, was raped in Casa Atleta – the place athletes from different cities stay quickly. The fourth sufferer the inquest heard says the coach sexually harassed her. The consultant defined: “He was touching the boy’s non-public elements and he was going to the touch the sufferer’s.”

Testa is in pre-trial detention and 5 crimes are being investigated: rape of a weak particular person, sexual harassment, embarrassment of youngsters (Article 232 of the Criminal Code), giving alcoholic drinks to youngsters and coercion throughout the course of.

The consultant additionally says that he would attempt to coerce witnesses and victims throughout the investigation. “To the witness, he simulated the questioning of the police and directed the solutions that he ought to give to the police, if questioned”, he says.

In an announcement, the Department of Public Security of Santa Catarina confirms the accusations and provides that “the youngsters would additionally report that they have been embarrassed in entrance of different athletes, after denying that that they had sexual relations with the suspect”.

Searching for experiences by way of textual content and cellphone calls, André Testa’s protection has but to remark on the allegations. In the assertion revealed by the portal G1, attorneys Leandro Henrique Martendal and Marlon Charles Bertol thought-about the coach’s arrest “premature, pointless and unlawful”, and primarily based on the “conclusions and conjectures” introduced by the police.

The assertion says: “André is harmless and the accusations haven’t any foundation. As will likely be seen throughout the course of, there’s an allegation of a vindication bias. All the info gathered to this point has been accomplished with out giving the proper to contradict.”

Oh UOL Associação Terra Firme de São José, the Santa Catarina membership that participates in grassroots competitions, was additionally contacted and didn’t obtain a response till the publication of this report.

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