November 4, 2017

Wrestling coach pleads guilty to sex abuse charges


STROUDSBURG – A Stroud Township man pled guilty in two separate cases alleging sexual abuse of underage victims. 

Ron Gorman, 52, currently residing in Georgia, had faced over 500 counts related to the victimization of two Monroe County youth wrestlers who Gorman coached between 2006 and 2009.  Gorman was originally scheduled for a hearing on his omnibus pretrial motions which his attorney had filed on his behalf in this matter.  However, prior to the hearing, Gorman elected to enter into a guilty plea with regards to these two cases.  Gorman pled guilty to one count of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child in both cases.  Gorman acknowledged, in open court, after a lengthy colloquy, that he did in fact commit these crimes on both victims and that he did this when both victims were under the age of 13 years old. 

In September 2016, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brian Noll received information regarding an ongoing investigation in Georgia with regards to Gorman and allegations of inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature between Gorman while he was a wrestling coach and some of the youth on his wrestling team.  It was also reported that Gorman had been a volunteer wrestling coach in Monroe County between the years of 2006 and 2009 prior to moving to Georgia with his family.  During the course of Trooper Noll’s investigation, two victims were identified in Pennsylvania.  In late February and early March 2017 Gorman was charged in two separate cases with crimes committed in Monroe County against these victims.  Both victims reported that while Gorman was their volunteer wrestling coach, he used that position to gain their trust and then began sexually abusing both victims.  This abuse continued for multiple years both in Monroe County and even in Georgia, after Gorman and his family had moved.  During the course of this investigation, more victims came forward to Trooper Noll regarding similar conduct perpetrated upon themselves by Gorman.  The majority of these victims all reported abuse which occurred while Gorman was a martial arts instructor in the mid to late 1980’s.  Unfortunately, based upon the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth is unable to prosecute with regards to these victims.  However, the Commonwealth, in preparing this matter for trial, did serve notice upon Gorman pursuant to PA Rule of Evidence Rule 404(b) that they intended to use these prior bad acts in their prosecution of this matter.  In May 2017, Georgia authorities contacted the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and also informed them that they would be filing charges with regards to one of the victims of the Pennsylvania case.  Subsequently, an arrest warrant was issued by Georgia authorities for Gorman on similar charges.

Gorman entered into a closed plea today, agreeing to plead guilty to the two counts of IDSI of a child, he will eventually be sentenced to a 20 – 40 year term of imprisonment in a State Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.  As part of his plea, he will also enter into a separate guilty plea in his case currently pending in Georgia.  Sentencing was deferred while Gorman the Monroe County Probation Office completes a presentence investigation and Gorman submits to an assessment from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board.  Gorman will be required, based upon today’s plea, to be a lifetime registrant under Megan’s Law.  Sentencing in this matter is scheduled for February 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  At that time, both the Defense and the Commonwealth may present testimony from individuals wishing to address the Court and Gorman regarding this matter. 

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