A report this morning in the Post-Dispatch notes that Hugh Patrick Mcvey has been formally charged Thursday in St. Charles County Circuit Court with two counts each of statutory rape and statutory sodomy, and in St. Louis County with one count each of second-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy.
Mea Culpa: when I first posted this story Thursday, I used the picture above but without the faces obscured. That was a mistake and I apologize. I deleted the original tweet and updated the story with the picture as shown above to address the concerns of the young women who are shown celebrating their National Championship with Pat last July. UPDATE: I am using a headshot of McVey now for the story as can be seen above
Read the report by Robert Patrick here
The Post-Dispatch also shares the previously reported information on the resisting arrest and DWI charges filed in May 2019.
McVey had a run-in with St. Charles County police in May 2019, when police say he was driving against oncoming traffic and almost hit a police patrol car. After a chase reaching 60 to 85 mph, McVey crashed his Ford Bronco near a middle school and fought the officer who was trying to arrest him, only allowing himself to be handcuffed when the officer hit him twice in the face, charging documents said.
UPDATE: KSDK added to their original story and Dan Gargan is quoted
Mr. McVey was cleared to coach by the national certification and training organization in June when each season starts, which is engaged by most athletic clubs we know. No background check for the past year disclosed a plea or conviction that was entered this February. We are aware of nothing in Mr. McVey’s background that would pertain to an inappropriate relationship with a player.”
This story has been updated in a few areas. Good reporting from KSDK. Parallel to extending the player and her family privacy & support, soccer leaders, coaches & families need to unite to ensure process, decisions and integrity take youth soccer in STL from good to great. https://t.co/666RxiCSQu
— Cindy KerberSpellman (@kerberpr) August 14, 2020
As I outlined below, charges were filed May 25th of 2019, well before June 2020 that I assume Gargan is referring to in his quote above. I also noted in a previous report that the MYSA/USYS season starts August 1st, not in June (remember the days before Calendar Year, that start date has always been August 1st). Until we see when the background check for the current season was submitted we won’t know why the original felony charges weren’t picked up. With a new attorney (Scott Rosenblum, who also defended Steve Stenger. Grant Boyd previously), better known as a criminal defense attorney, Rosenblum may have been hired so that McVey couldn’t hire him.
Given that Missouri Youth Soccer Association requires annual background checks (page 18), they have been quiet about why these felony charges, later reduced to misdemeanor charges following a plea agreement in February this year, would not have been flagged. The MYSA calendar starts on August 1st.
The charges were filed on May 25th but the incident happened sometime prior since McVey was in Saginaw, Michigan for the Midwest Regional tournament that week. Given the active schedule the team had then and leading up to the National Championship Series in July I would suspect McVey’s background check submission would have occurred after the the incident. Missouri Youth Soccer should be open about what happened and what steps are being taken to correct this apparent failure in the future. If you want the Association to be more open, here is the Contact Page. Ask for Nik Bushell, Executive Director.
You may also want to email the President and Vice President. The link to their email addresses is here — Board of Directors. VP Chris McDonough is an attorney He should be a key contact on background checks and SafeSport I would assume.
CASENET page related to the DWI Charges for Patrick McVey below. Click on the image to see a larger version.
UPDATE: For those arguing (see social media) that the earlier charges were misdemeanors, I suggest they look at the January 28, 2020 in the screenshot below. Charges were changed from felony’s to misdemeanor at that point. Why were felony charges not flagged by MYSA for his 2019 background check?