A former Tate High School football coach and church leader has been arrested on multiple child sex offenses against multiple victims over a period from at least 1997 to 2016.
Offenses occurred in locations that included the Tate High School locker room.
Charlie Mabern Hamrick, 54, is facing charges that include three counts of providing obscene material to minors, multiple counts of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim age 12 to 16, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim less than 12 years old, and 36 counts of capital sexual assault on a victim under 12. The capital assault charges are life felonies. He remains in the Escambia County Jail.
Hamrick was director of a boy’s group called the Royal Rangers at Harvest Christian Center in Cantonment when a 11-year old boy asked him about puberty during the summer of 2014. The victim’s mother agreed to allow Hamrick to show an educational video to the boy. Hamrick took the boy to the Tate High School locker room and showed him a series of videos, including teens discussing puberty, nude men in sexual acts ,and a video of a nude man and woman engaged in sexual intercourse, according to court documents.
Hamrick is also accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year old boy’s private area at Hamrick’s home at 7855 Sasser Lane. He also led a young boy to a bedroom in his home and while Hamrick was nude in front of him.
An adult male came told investigators this month that he was abused by Hamrick between 1997 and 2000. The victim was 8-11 years old at the time of the abuse and had met Hamrick through his position as a Sunday School teacher at Pine Forest United Methodist Church. Charges against Hamrick include 36 counts of capital sexual assault for abusing the young boy on numerous occasions at his home, then in the Pebble Creek Subdivision, and at a Pensacola Beach house and onboard his boat.
An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report details numerous types of sexual contact between Hamrick and the boy, averaging about once per month for three years. Some of the inappropriate contact reportedly happened under a blanket in Hamrick’s living room while his wife was present, but the victim told investigators that the wife had no knowledge of the abuse.
The victim said he just recently reported the abuse from the late 1990’s because he heard of Hamrick’s other charges and wanted to make sure it did not happen to anyone else.
Another boy reported late last year that he was abused by Hamrick during the summer of 2016 while at his house for fishing, four-wheeler riding and other activities with an additional male friend. The victim was 12-13 years old at the time.
Additional details on these incidents are expected to be released this afternoon by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
Hamrick was not a full time school district employee, but was paid a stipend as a coach at Tate High School where he reportedly served as the freshman team coach. He was at ate from August 1, 2012, to September 14, 2015.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is encouraging any additional victims to come forward and contact local law enforcement.
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