Danny Lawhorn, the AAU girls basketball team coach, charged with child enticement
- Danny Lawhorn was already in custody on state charges of second-degree sexual assault
- Lawhorn appeared in US District Court through a video conference
- He also was charged federally with distributing narcotics
Lawhorn, 30, was already in custody on state charges of second-degree sexual assault. Lawhorn appeared in US District Court through a video conference. He also was charged federally with distributing narcotics.
Lawhorn was a coach in the Bria Holmes Elite AAU program. He is accused of assaulting a team member who was staying at his home in June after asking her for a massage, according to court documents that were unsealed on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
According to federal prosecutors, two former players from the program later came forward to say they had been abused by Lawhorn in 2017 and 2019. Both girls, who were under the age of 18 at the time, said Lawhorn also asked for a massage before he sexually assaulted them, according to court documents.
Lawhorn's attorney Jon Schoenhorn told the Hartford Courant that his client denies the allegations and intends to plead not guilty.
Lawhorn was removed as a coach by Bria Holmes Elite after his arrest in June on state charges. He had coached multiple teams for the program founded by Holmes, a former Connecticut high school star who went on to play at West Virginia and in the WNBA.
Holmes and the program are yet to speak on the issue.
Prosecutors said the drug charges stem from Lawhorn's October 5 arrest by Hartford police, during which he possessed about 300 wax sleeves believed to contain fentanyl, according to the federal complaint.
Lawhorn is due back in court for a hearing on Friday.
(With inputs from the Associated Press)