A high school soccer star who attended a prestigious private Christian school raped a sleeping girl in an Ohio home a few weeks before Christmas, prosecutors say.
A lawsuit filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court alleges that Crosley MacEachen, 18, encountered the unconscious victim in a bedroom in the home in Symmes Township, then undressed her and began having sex with her.
MacEachen, who played cornerback and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy last season, is charged with rape, abusive sexual imposition and sexual battery.
“These allegations are unproven allegations,” MacEachen’s attorney, R. Scott Croswell III, told The Daily Beast. “We intend to aggressively defend these allegations.”
The allegations against MacEachen, first reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer, arise from an incident that reportedly occurred on Dec. 6, 2020. At around 5 a.m. that morning, the unidentified girl said she suddenly woke up and found MacEachen intercourse with her, according to the documents.
“She pushed him off her and realized she was naked, despite the fact that she was wearing clothes when she went to sleep,” the reports said.
The alleged attack followed inappropriate behavior by MacEachen towards the same young woman a month earlier when he “grabbed her buttocks” at another home in the area, the indictment said. She fled, then waited in her car for MacEachen to leave, according to the files.
In May, MacEachen, who averaged 17 yards per catch at the Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy — named the best Christian high school in Ohio this year — pledged to attend the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A university spokesperson, Reggie Hayes, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that MacEachen had withdrawn from the school. “The University of Saint Francis is aware of the criminal charges against one of its football recruits,” he said.
At the time of MacEachen’s commitment to St. Francis, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy head football coach KC Woods had described the teen as “one of the most dynamic football players I’ve had the pleasure of coaching.”
“Every time he touched the ball, everyone’s eyes got a little bigger. He’s also one of the brightest football minds I’ve coached. He understands the game as well as most coaches. Crosley will have a remarkable career for NAIA powerhouse St. Francis.”
MacEachen also played basketball during his senior year at Cincinnati Hills, which costs $16,100 a year to attend and is ranked the best Christian high school in Ohio.
The school’s athletic program operates under the maxim: “Our mission is to build a culture of champions that develops, motivates and empowers student athletes to impact the world for Christ.”
“Students meet Jesus and grow in their faith in a different way, so we offer them many opportunities to get to know God,” the website explains. “Students and teachers worship, contemplate and celebrate together in weekly chapels. We serve together and participate in classes and student-led Bible studies. We pray together – in the classroom, in the hallway, on the playing field.”
In a statement to local NBC affiliate WLWT, the school said: “CHCA has learned of an investigation that has led to charges against a former student. The alleged incident did not take place on school grounds or at a school sponsored event. CHCA is saddened for the individuals and families affected by this alleged incident, and our prayers remain with them.”
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy has made headlines before. In 2014, teacher Jamie Climie was forced to resign after nude photos of her appeared on revenge porn websites Dirty.com and MyEx.com. Climie, 36, was arrested and charged with filing a false police report after making up a fake story that her phone was stolen. Climie claimed the photos were intended for her husband, but investigators found that she had, in fact, sent them to a married man with whom she had been having an affair.
MacEachen was arrested and released on $100,000 bail, which was allegedly paid by a relative. He will appear in court again on Wednesday.