Rhode Island Girls’ Basketball Coach Commits Suicide Following Charges of Sexual Assault Involving Teenage Boy

On Monday, June 15, 45-year-old Tyrone Dale of Pawtucket, Rhode Island hanged himself after being charged with the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, according to a recent article at the Huffington Post.  Dale was a girls’ basketball coach at Juanita Sanchez High School in Providence.

Dale had been charged with second-degree sexual assault on Friday, and released on bail.  He allegedly sexually assaulted the teenage boy in May at the West End Recreation Center in Providence.  News reports indicate Dale pulled down the victim’s shorts before stroking him in an inappropriate manner, an incident the teenage boy recorded on his cell phone, according to police reports.

Prior to committing suicide, Dale claimed via email that he had never coached the victim, and believed the incident was a possible “set up.”  He advised reporters at the Providence Journal to check the victim’s background, and described the boy as a 6′ 3″ tall 165 lb. gang member.

Tyrone Dale was heavily involved in coaching children and youth for more than 20 years according to news reports, which indicate he worked with youth basketball and football teams, and coached for the Providence recreational basketball team.  He also formed Providence United in 207, a program designed to “empower kids ages 10 to 18 to excel through sports.”

In the state of Rhode Island, second-degree sexual assault is punished by a maximum of 15 years in prison; if convicted, the offender will likely spend a minimum of three years behind bars.  Second-degree sexual assault is the act of engaging in sexual contact using coercion or force, or assaulting someone who is physically/mentally disabled or incapacitated with the accused being aware of the fact.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know how accusations of sexual assault can impact a person’s life, even if that person is innocent.  When news of a situation such as this one spreads throughout the community, it often brings about feelings of shame.  Those accused often feel that regardless of whether they are guilty of not, they will be viewed as guilty by those in the community from the time they are accused on forward.  Whether Dale was guilty or innocent, it is a tragedy for someone to take his/her own life.

Sex crimes do bring about serious and often life-changing criminal penalties for those convicted, including a substantial number of years or even life in prison.  For many, the requirement to register as a sex offender is the worst punishment of all, as being labeled a sex offender impacts many areas of a person’s life and also frequently results in being shunned by society.

If you have been accused of sexual assault, child molestation, rape, an Internet sex crime, or any related offense, consult with an experienced sex crime lawyer in Michigan who will fight aggressively to protect your legal rights and reach positive results.