- Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
Former Leander High School football player Greg Kelley has been charged with molesting a second 4-year-old boy at an in-home day care. Kelley made the boy touch him inappropriately, the child told his mother and stepfather on Aug. 13, according to an arrest warrant.
Kelley, 18, was charged with indecency with a child and was arrested Thursday morning at an alternative school in the Leander School District, said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix. The former all-district football player was not allowed to return to Leander High after his Aug. 12 charge of aggravated sexual assault involving another 4-year-old boy at the same Cedar Park daycare.
The daycare, operated by Shama McCarty, is closed while under investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Police have no indication that there are other victims at the in-home daycare, where Kelley was living with friends from June 2012 to June 2013.
The daycare owners don’t know anything about the alleged incidents involving Kelley, Mannix said.
Friends of the former football player have rallied around him.
“He has been through a number of trials over the past year that some people don’t go through in 70 to 80 years of life,” said Clint Harper, who is a former head football coach at Leander High School.
Harper said Kelley lost four role models in the past year, including his father, who had “a major stroke” in the middle of football season; his mother, who is in a nursing home; his defensive football coach, who left for a job at Marble Falls High School; and Harper himself, who left to become the head coach at Marshall High School.
Harper said he was “shocked” to hear about the charges against Kelley. When he coached the teenager Kelley was a “normal quiet 17-year-old who was very soft-spoken, did his job and did it really, really well,” Harper said.
One of Kelley’s classmates is holding a barbecue and bake sale to support Kelley from noon to 4 p.m. today at Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road in Leander.
Mannix has doubts about Kelley’s innocence. “I do not believe there’s a cabal of 4-year-olds out there who are making up stories about this,” he said.