ST. CHARLES — The mother of a girl whose soccer coach preyed on her last year told him in court Tuesday that she’ll never understand why he targeted her daughter.
“You were supposed to be a role model for her, not a predator,” the girl’s mother said. “She looked up to you. She wanted to be a better soccer player because of you. She trusted you and I trusted you. It sickens me to know how wrong we were.”
Circuit Judge Jon Cunningham then sentenced Hugh “Pat” McVey, a former head coach of a regional youth soccer club, to five years of probation as part of a plea agreement. McVey, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape and two counts of statutory sodomy, admitting he had sex with the girl last year at his St. Charles County home.
The sentence will be concurrent to that of McVey’s case in St. Louis County where he pleaded guilty last week. His plea agreements in both counties suspend a 14-year prison term and require he register as a sex offender, have no contact with the teen, get psychological treatment and have no association with adult or youth recreational sports.
Prosecutors in both counties said they entered plea negotiations with McVey after consulting the girl’s family.
McVey admitted having a sexual relationship with the girl from March to June of last year. The girl told authorities she went to his home, where they had sex in his basement and while in the shower.
McVey became head coach of a Lou Fusz girls soccer team in June and formerly served as an assistant coach of a team that won a national title.
In court Tuesday, the girl’s mother told McVey that he betrayed the girl and her family from a position of trust.
“Every day we look at her we see a vibrant, dynamic, intelligent human being who didn’t deserve for her innocence to be taken from her,” she said.
McVey told the judge Tuesday that he has a law degree from Oklahoma City University but is not licensed. After pleading guilty, he apologized to the girl’s family.
“I’m so sorry for the pain I’ve caused,” he said. “I’ll live with that for the rest of my life. I’m deeply, deeply sorry.”