Rodrick Henderson, a volunteer basketball coach with the Florida-based Essence AAU program, was arrested on Tuesday on two charges of sexual assault.
According to court documents, Henderson, a 26 year-old Tallahassee resident, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, an unnamed 17-year-old who has played with the Essence program for the past two years.
Kimberly Davis-Powell, the Director of the Essence Girls Basketball program released this statement:
“Within the last two days, a volunteer staff member that was in our program has been arrested for having alleged improper relations with a player in our organization. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we worked continuously with the parents and law enforcement to facilitate prompt actions. He is no longer a part of the program. We are in full support of the police investigation and are giving our full cooperation. Our immediate focus is on the minor, her family and law enforcement.”
The parents of the minor became suspicious when they discovered an unusual number of text messages being exchanged between their daughter and the coach. The teen admitted to the relationship to her parents, who reported the alleged abuse to the police, leading to Henderson's arrest.
Henderson is currently being held on $10,000 bond.