NEW HAVEN, Conn (WTNH) – The New Haven Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is asking the public for assistance in locating possible victims and witnesses to the alleged sexual enticement of basketball players by AAU basketball coach Danny Lawhorn.
The 30-year-old coach has been charged with child enticement for the alleged sexual abuse of three players.
Lawhorn, of Hartford, was already in custody on state charges of second-degree sexual assault.
He was a coach in the Bria Holmes Elite basketball program.
Bria Holme’s family says Lawhorn ran the AAU program, which includes six teams. Carol Keel, Holme’s mother, says Lawhorn is Holme’s former fiance and the father of her child. They are still in shock.
While making a plea to the public, Assistant Special Agent Ari Papadacos says that they are doing what they can so a situation like this won’t happen again.
“Some of the students and basketball players at the time were from out of state and out of the country,” Papadacos said.
The 16-page federal criminal complaint details how in June prosecutors say Lawhorn sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl who was staying with him. After first asking her to massage him, the girl left the home and went to a nearby hotel where staff called Hartford Police.
In a statement, Holmes’ mother told News 8 her family is in shock, saying, “The Bria Holmes family is sorry if it did happen to any of the girls and if it did happen, justice needs to be served. We’re praying for everyone.”
Lawhorn’s criminal defense attorney Jon Schoenhorn told News 8 no crime was ever committed. He said if there was a relationship, it was not a prohibited one.
Anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation is asked to call 203-503-5593.