A lawsuit has been filed against David E. Cross, former head coach at Saint Martin’s University and Blackhills FC youth soccer club. On a news page at PCVALaw.com, dated September 21, 2015, a release details the allegations and suit:
“A former Thurston County woman has filed and served a lawsuit that accuses a youth soccer coach of sexually exploiting her, eventually engaging her in sexual intercourse, when she was a 17 year-old player. The woman, identified only by the initials B.W., alleges that former St. Martin’s University Men’s Soccer and Black Hills Football Club Coach David E. Cross began grooming her at age 13 and ultimately engaged in sex acts with the then-minor player multiple times, including before soccer try-outs and on trips with the team. The lawsuit names the youth league B.W. played in, Black Hills Football Club, as well as Cross and his wife, as defendants.” —read the entire release here.
In a Seattle Times article entitled “Coaches Who Prey,” the newspaper detailed a previous case also involving a former Blackhills FC coach, Dennis Jones. The paper reports that Jones pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault in a case dating back to 1999.