Hockey Coach Gets Out Of Rape Charges After Accuser Dies Of Drug Overdose

Twelve years ago, he was acquitted of raping another young hockey prospect.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A hockey coach will avoid sexual abuse charges after the victim dies of a drug overdose.

As New York Post, shares, coach Robert Richardson faced charges from former pro David Gove that he was abused as a teen.

Thirty-eight-year-old Gove was found dead in April at a homeless shelter in Pittsburgh following an apparent overdose of a synthetic opioid called carfentanil.

The Boston Globe shares that in light of Gove's death, charges against Richardson have been dropped. The overdose comes just two months before the accuser was scheduled to testify against Richardson on three counts of child rape. Twelve years ago, Richardson was acquitted of raping another young hockey prospect.

The 61-year-old has had a long career in the sport. A former scout for the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames, he has served as an assistant hockey coach at Yale, Clarkson, Boston University, and Northeastern. The alleged rapes took place in his Dorchester condominium.

As the Globe reports, Richardson took a liking to Gove as a teen. He befriended his family and even offered to drive the then-13-year-old Gove to practices and games and let him stay at his house. “It was there — in the bedroom they shared — that [Richardson] began abusing the boy sexually,’’ prosecutors said in court documents. “The abuse became a regular occurrence over several years between 1991 and 1994.’’

Gove eventually disclosed to a girlfriend in 1999, saying that he was silent for so long because he feared Richardson would ruin his hockey career. Following his college career at Western Michigan University, he signed with the minor league Orlando Solar Bears and then played for 11 teams. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.

On September 2, 2014, Gove made his first official statement to Boston police. 

He leaves behind a 3-year-old son.

[Photo: Getty Images] 

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