M55 hurdler Kerry Sloan, a masters superstar for decades, will not compete at Malaga in the 100 hurdles, 400 hurdles, high jump or be eligible for the relays. He’s in a Texas or Tulsa jail, facing charges of first-degree rape.
According to media reports, Kerry was arrested at an Austin, Texas, airport Sunday by Customs and Border Protection officers, along with officers from the Austin Police Department, before he could depart on a plane to London — on the way to worlds.
Here’s how local media are covering this matter:
TULSA, Oklahoma — A Texas man is in jail awaiting extradition to Tulsa to face a rape charge.
A 17-year-old girl told police that her track coach raped her at a Tulsa hotel on an overnight trip.
“They came to Tulsa to visit some colleges and spent the night and, unfortunately, that’s when he sexually assaulted her,” said Sergeant Jillian Phippen with the Tulsa Police Department.
The investigation started on June 12, 2017, when the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office got a call to look for a car on Highway 69. Records show the teenage girl had told her mother she was being held against her will inside the Toyota Prius by a man she knew.
A deputy stopped the car and detained 55-year-old Kerry Sloan, a track coach from central Texas.
Police say the sexual assault happened at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. The victim said Sloan assaulted her first in Texas, then again in Tulsa at the hotel. She said she “fell asleep and woke to Sloan removing her clothing.”
Investigators obtained a warrant for Sloan’s DNA, but say it took a year to get the match.
“Once we got his DNA, that’s what we were waiting on and that’s why it took so long to get these charges, it’s that we really needed that DNA evidence for the charges to be filed,” said Phippen.
Court records state DNA evidence from the hotel and the victim’s sexual assault exam matched Sloan’s DNA.
The arrest warrant was issued last month and Sloan was arrested at an Austin, Texas, airport last Sunday by Customs and Border Protection officers, along with officers from the Austin Police Department, before he could depart on a plane to London.
Police say Sloan was leaving the country for a track meet.
Sloan worked with several high schools in Killeen, Texas, and continued to do so, even after he was accused of the sexual assault.
“He has continued to live his life and, unfortunately, be around children during the time frame here,” said Phippen, “but the good news is that we were able to get that warrant and get him in custody.
Police say the victim’s parents had no indication, no suspicion of the coach before the trip.
Sloan is in a Travis County jail in Texas waiting to be extradited to Tulsa where he will face a charge of first-degree rape.
Kerry competed at Penn and Spokane nationals. A 2014 profile said he’s a retired Army sergeant first class and certified USATF official who in 2006 was inducted into the DePaul University Sports Hall of Fame “where he still holds the school record in the 400IH with a time of 51.66.”
Four years ago, he was seeking a master’s of business administration at Texas A&M University — Central Texas campus.
This is a serious charge, and he’s considered innocent until proved guilty. But I hope justice is done in any case. He’s made many friends since starting as a submaster M30 in the early 1990s. At 2014 Winston-Salem nationals, he joined with Darnell Gatling, Michael Jones and Mark Williamson to set an M50 4×100 shuttle hurdles relay record of 61.81.
I’ll report more as I get details on Kerry’s status.
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