KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — He wanted it.
That’s what the wife of a former high school football coach says about the teenage boy she lured into her marital bed after her husband invited him into their home, court records show.
Kelsey McCarter, 29, is asking a Knox County (Tenn.) Circuit Court judge to toss out a lawsuit filed against her and her husband — then South-Doyle High School assistant football coach Justin McCarter — by a 14-year-old boy who says she repeatedly molested him after he moved in with the couple.
She is currently behind bars after pleading guilty in Knox County Criminal Court in 2017 to a half-dozen statutory rape charges involving the boy. But she insists, via attorney Doug Trant, she’s no rapist or child molester, and the boy’s lawsuit for damages should be dismissed.
“(The boy) claims that he suffered injury from the repeated ‘sexual abuse’ by Ms. McCarter,” Trant wrote in a motion. “However, the complaint is replete with factual allegations allowing the conclusion that (he) was a willing participant in numerous sexual encounters with Ms. McCarter.”
Football 'trainee' moves in
Court records show the McCarters moved the boy, who was a football “trainee” of the assistant coach, and his older brother into their home with permission from his mother in July 2014. According to the lawsuit, the boys and their single mother were “experiencing domestic issues,” and Justin McCarter agreed to mentor them.
Kelsey McCarter soon lured the 14-year-old boy into a sexual relationship — behind her husband’s back, court records state.
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