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Judge recuses himself in case of ex-Xavier U coach accused of sex charge

Bryce McKey (FOX19 NOW/file) Bryce McKey (FOX19 NOW/file)
Bryce McKey waits for his case to be called in Campbell County District Court Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) Bryce McKey waits for his case to be called in Campbell County District Court Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -

A Campbell County District Court Judge recused himself Tuesday on a case involving Xavier University's former assistant women's basketball coach facing a sex charge.

Kenton County Judge Douglas Grothaus said he has a cousin who is a Xavier coach, so another judge was assigned. Judge Ann Ruttle will preside over the case.

Bryce McKey appeared in court Tuesday on a misdemeanor sex abuse charge. His attorney has entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

A 20-year-old girl has accused McKey of asking her to come to his Covington home in May and then groping her.

The alleged victim stated in a complaint McKey inappropriately touched her leg when they left his home to get food. McKey offered the player alcohol, and touched her buttocks twice without her permission, records state.

"This event here that we're gathered for today was the culmination of a grooming process that had been going on while employed at Xavier University," said the victim's attorney, Walter Madison.

Madison says McKey was trying to cultivate a sexual relationships, and moments after that incident, McKey allegedly made sexual advances on another member of the women's basketball team.

The victim's father says the ordeal his daughter endured was not spontaneous.

"There were text messages weeks prior to him taking the position where he set this event up so this wasn't just a random act where he, you know, one night thought about let's go do this. This was premeditated in my mind," said Myron.

Charges in that case are pending. Meanwhile, Madison says McKey clearly abused his authority and now the victims want justice.

"Our day in court to be vindicated, to be purged of this guilt that these young ladies feel. There was such a close relationship there that they were reluctant to even report  and come forward for fear of retribution whether it be sitting on a bench, losing their scholarship and that type of duress should never exist," said Madison. 

McKey left Xavier in April to join the coaching staff at the University of Maryland.

Hours after he was arraigned Aug. 14,  however, University of Maryland officials announced his resignation as an assistant women's basketball coach.
           
McKey is under court order to stay away from the Xavier player, and from Xavier's campus and events.

McKey and his attorney have declined to comment.

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