Athens soccer coach arrested, charged with sexual battery of teens

- A former Athens soccer coach is facing two counts of sexual battery after being accused of inappropriately touching two teenage girls.

Paul Wells is charged with the double misdemeanor charges for incidents with two female soccer players, ages 17 and 18.

According to Athens-Clarke County Police, the first occurred in March which police learned of when investigating the second similar incident which occurred in September.

“They were doing some training for soccer. During those trainings, of course, they were doing their stretching exercises and that point during those stretching exercise there was a time he inappropriately touched the victims,” said Epifanio Rodriguez, spokesman for the Athens Clarke County Police Department.

He said the two incidents occurred while Wells was being utilized as a personal trainer and that he apparently is no longer coaching with an Athens area recreational league.

“From what we understand he is not in the capacity as a coach for this organization,” said Rodriguez.

The grandfather of one of the victims told FOX 5 News his 17-year-old granddaughter was getting help from Wells after she’d injured her knee.

He said even though Wells is no longer coaching he was a long time coach to his granddaughter.

“My granddaughter’s soccer team from very young. He coaches all ages from what I understand,” He said.

The family of the 17-year-old girl asked FOX 5 News to withhold using their name.

A family member at the home of Wells put FOX 5 News in touch with his attorney, Morris Wiltshire.

“He did not intentionally touch these girls inappropriately and we contend that when all the facts come out that he’ll be exonerated,” said Wiltshire.

Court documents show Wells bonded out on $5,000 bond and was ordered to stay away from anyone under 18 years of age.

Athens Clarke County Police told FOX 5 News investigators don’t have any indications of other victims, none the less.

“We do want anyone who may be a victim of Mr. Wells to please come forward,” said Police Spokesman Rodriguez.

“So this idea that there are other victims I just don’t think is accurate Paul’s just not that kind of person,” said Wiltshire, the attorney for Wells.

“I hope there aren’t any others I hope there was just two. Like I said it’s a shame that’s two were involved,” said the grandfather of one of the victims.

Court records show Wells is scheduled to make his next court appearance in January of next year.

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