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Former Head Soccer Coach Accused Of Molesting Child On College Campus

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Mug shot of Ralph Wager. (credit: Rowan County Sheriff's Office)

Mug shot of Ralph Wager. (credit: Rowan County Sheriff’s Office)

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SALISBURY, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A former head soccer coach at Catawba College is accused of molesting a child on-campus more than 20 years ago.

The Salisbury Post reports that investigators believe that 69-year-old Ralph William Wager molested the child in his on-campus home and office.

Wager, from Charlotte, is charged with felony first-degree child sex offense, crimes against nature and indecent liberties with a child.

Rowan County sheriff’s deputies say the investigation that began in May. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between 1987 and 1989.

Capt. John Sifford says the victim was younger than 10 at the time and had participated in a sports program at the college.

The Post reports that Wager stepped down as coach in 1990 after college officials found out about the child molestation allegations.

The school says it is cooperating with investigators.

It was not clear if Wager has an attorney.

Wager also has been suspended from the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association.

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