Monday, May 19, 2008

Referee Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

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A local youth wrestling referee has allegedly admitted to police that he gave teenage boys drugs in exchange for sex.

And investigators say there could be as many as 50 victims and witnesses from the past 20 years.

The case came to light when the Lake Stevens School District got a call about a wrestling official. A 16-year-old wrestler from Skagit County told his coach that the official had been giving him drugs in exchange for sex for the last two years.

Now, 39-year-old Eugene Brian Garvie is under arrest, accused of using his position as a wrestling official to prey on student athletes.

He's been an official for 17 years, officiating matches for the USA Wrestling Club. The league is not connected with any school district, but draws many high school athletes in the off-season.
According to court documents, a 16-year-old wrestler from Lake Stevens told his principal that Garvie had given him alcohol and made sexual advances toward him.

After talking with students and parents, the principal concluded this may have been going for 20 years.

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