Maryland women’s assistant suspended indefinitely following misdemeanor sexual abuse charge

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Less than four months into his tenure as an assistant coach on Brenda Frese’s staff at Maryland, Bryce McKey has been suspended indefinitely by the school for legal reasons.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer McKey, who was an assistant at Xavier before making the move to Maryland, has been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse after a former player of his at Xavier filed a complaint that he’d improperly touched her. Per the police report the incident in question occurred May 2, which was less than two weeks after McKey had officially been hired by Maryland.

The 20-year-old player alleges that on May 2, McKey asked her to come to his Covington residence, according to a complaint. After the player arrived at McKey’s residence, he “offered her alcohol and after a few drinks, he touched her buttocks on two occasions without her permission,” according to the complaint.

While she was leaving, McKey asked for a hug and “pulled her close to him and she felt he was trying to kiss her at which time she pushed him away and left the residence,” according to the complaint. In the days following the incident, court records say, McKey contacted the woman through a mutual friend and offered money in exchange for not pursuing charges.

McKey, who is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, faces up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine if convicted per the Enquirer. McKey spent three seasons at Xavier and coached at the high school level in the three years prior to joining that staff in 2011.