Coach accused of rape cover-up waives hearing

A field hockey coach who allegedly tried to cover up the rape of a 16-year-old girl at a Harrisburg area hotel has waived her preliminary hearing in the case.

Alicia Colon, 25, of Reading, on Wednesday agreed to send all charges against her to Dauphin County Court. Her formal arraignment is set for March 7.

Colon was staying at a Lower Swatara Township hotel while coaching a girls field hockey team in the Keystone Games last August when she and another woman picked up three men and brought them back to the room, according to prosecutors.

One of the men, 21-year-old Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, is accused of raping the teen while she was staying in Colon's room, prosecutors said.

Authorities said that when Colon found out about the alleged sexual assault, she encouraged the teen to forget about it and not file a report because it could affect her coaching job.

Colon also did drugs with the men in the hotel room, and hindered the rape investigation by asking other witnesses to give statements similar to her own, authorities said.

She is charged with endangering the welfare of
children, hindering apprehension, criminal use of a
communications facility, and corruption of minors.

Rafael Gomez-Echavarria, also of Reading, was held for court during his preliminary hearing Wednesday and returned to Dauphin County Prison, where his bail is set at $275,000 cash.

He is charged with rape, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, indecent assault, and unlawful contact with a minor.


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