Chester County basketball coach charged with rape and sexual abuse of children

A volunteer basketball coach at a Chester County youth center has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in July, C.Hester County District Attorney Deborah Ryan announced Friday.

Ameer Sutton-Best, 31 years old Parkesburg also solicited sex from several other underage girls and was in possession of child pornography. He was accused of rape, sexual abuse of children, corruption of minors and related crimes.

“Ameer Sutton-Best is a child predator that preyed on young teenage girls who knew their age and violated his trust position,” Ryan said. “He had the audacity to try to buy himself out of this. Fortunately, these victims had the courage to report his reprehensible behavior.”

Sutton-Best volunteered at the Parkesburg Point Youth Center, but was not an official staff member, the researcher reported. Because of his experience with basketball, he often helped run training sessions in the center.

on August 10 The Parkesburg Police Department was contacted by the youth center about: Sutton-Best after it was revealed that he had raped a 13-year-old girl, court documents say. An interview with the girl found that Sutton-Best had texted her, picked her up and sent her to an unnamed place where he forced her into the back seat of his car and raped her.

After the incident, Sutton-Best drove the girl back to her home and dropped her off. He later contacted the girl’s mother and asked how he could make the incident disappear, according to court documents.

Another victim told police that Sutton-Best had sent her sexually explicit photos via messages on Snapchat. Two more victims came forward, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old, who said that Sutton-Best had also sent them inappropriate messages, asking if she liked older men.

Sutton-Best is being held in Chester County Prison on $1 million bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 22

An investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Chester County Detectives at 610-344-5576.

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