A 38-year-old Mashpee man, who was once the boys’ lacrosse coach at Cape Cod Academy, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of statutory rape back in 2018 in Sandwich.
Richard E. Kovalsick of Warwick Way entered the not guilty plea at his arraignment in Barnstable District Court on Wednesday, May 29.
He faces two charges of aggravated statutory rape of a child, enticing a child under 16, indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or over, and assisting a person under 21 in purchasing liquor. He was arrested on Tuesday, May 28, but the incident allegedly occurred in September 2018.
Judge Shelby Smith set Mr. Kovalsick’s bail at $75,000.
In the event that he is released, he has been ordered to stay away from the victim and witnesses, have no contact with any person under the age of 16, wear a GPS monitoring device, and to check in each week with his probation officer.
Further information about the incident has been sealed, due to the nature of the charges.
Mr. Kovalsick had been employed at Cape Cod Academy as the head coach of the boys’ lacrosse program since 2016. He is no longer employed at the school.
Jeffrey Thomson, the academy’s director of advancement, said that the school hires seasonal coaches and with the lacrosse season being over, Mr. Kovalsick is no longer an employee.
“It’s not a situation that we know a whole lot about,” Mr. Thompson said. “We’ve been assured by the authorities that it’s not a situation that impacts our kids.”
A press statement released by the academy states that they were made aware of the case on the day of Mr. Kovalsick’s arrest. According to the statement from the school, the victims in the case were not academy students and no other school employees are involved in the incident.
The academy has an employment policy that requires all employees to submit to a criminal background check through the CORI (Criminal Offender Record information) system as well as through a fingerprint check.
“The school community was troubled to learn about this incident,” the statement said. “The safety of all people is paramount to our school, as is the provision of a safe, encouraging, and positive learning environment.”
Mr. Kovalsick has a probable cause hearing scheduled in court on June 18.