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Former Hartland soccer coach sentenced for spying on teen in bathroom

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/14/2020 9:53:45 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 9:53:32 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A former volunteer soccer coach in Hartland has pleaded no contest to charges he spied on a teenage girl as she used the bathroom at his home in 2018.

Todd Gray, 48, of Woodstock, was given a three-year deferred sentence for one count of voyeurism at Windsor County Superior Court on Wednesday, according to a court docket.

The sentence stems from an incident in December 2018 when a teenage girl who was known to Gray visited his house in Woodstock, according to an affidavit written by Vermont State Trooper Christopher Blais.

As a general practice, the Valley News does not identify victims of sex crimes.

The teen said that when she used the first-floor bathroom, she saw a hand holding a phone in a gray case by the window, according to the affidavit. She immediately called her mother to pick her up from the house, police wrote.

When officers got in contact with Gray several days later, he told them that his phone had been run over by a skid steer while he was working at his job at Twin Farms in Barnard and that his wife had thrown it away at a car wash, the affidavit said. Police found the phone at the car wash but it was too destroyed to search, according to the document.

Police searched Gray’s home and found a gray phone case, as well as several handwritten notes in which the 48-year-old talked about being outside the bathroom window and hearing movement inside the bathroom the evening of the incident, the affidavit said.

In August 2019, police issued a citation for voyeurism, to which Gray pleaded not guilty that month.

The past 14 months have been difficult for the teenager and her family, the teen’s mother said in an interview. She said her family got a restraining order against Gray in November, and they put in black curtains and cameras to help her daughter feel safe. She added that her daughter has experienced vitriol from some community members on social media after the incident.

“It was disgusting. She feels violated and embarrassed,” the teen’s mother said.

She called what Gray had done “heartbreaking,” especially because the community is small and “we all kind of raised each other’s kids.”

Gray should have to apologize to her daughter, and should have received at least some jail time, the woman said.

“He may not have physically hurt her, but he mentally hurt her.”

Messages to Gray and his attorney were not returned Friday.

Gray volunteered as a soccer coach with Hartland Recreation, coaching teenage teams for six years, according to Recreation Director John Leonard. He said the last time Gray volunteered was four years ago.

Leonard said Hartland Recreation had completed all necessary background checks on Gray before he was allowed to coach, adding that Gray was a “very active community member.”

Anna Merriman can be reached at amerriman@vnews.com or 603-727-3216.




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