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Former Raleigh swim coach could spend nearly 29 years in prison for child-sex crimes

by ZwemZa on July 7th, 2018

Nathan Weddle CCBI

A former Raleigh youth swim coach could spend nearly 29 years in prison after he was convicted of sex crimes with a child.

Nathan Weddle, 43, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts each of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15 and indecent liberties with a child, according to an attorney who represented the 14-year-old victim in the case.

Weddle was sentenced to a minimum of 236 months and a maximum of 344 months behind bars, Daniel Barker, another attorney for the victim, said Friday afternoon.

Police on Dec. 21 charged Weddle with six felony counts of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15 and seven more felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Weddle, a father of three, was the year-round swim coach with the Capital Area Swim Team that holds its practices at a pool on Six Forks Road. The victim was a member of Weddle’s team.

Late last year, the teen told a Raleigh detective about the alleged sexual assault and inappropriate touching.

In January, Weddle was placed on USA Swimming’s list of permanently banned coaches for violating the agency’s SafeSport code.

His girlfriend, Shannon Foster, who worked as an assistant coach for the swim team, was also placed on the list in April for the same violations, according to the USA Swimming website.

Investigators in March charged Foster, 44, with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Police said that on Aug. 1 Foster allowed the 14-year-old girl “to be in a place, in a vehicle alone with a person” who she knew was abusing the child.

Police said Foster knew that Weddle sexually assaulted the teen. Instead of sharing that information with authorities, Foster called the teen and said she had “ruined her relationship” with Weddle and demanded that she stay away from him.

Foster is scheduled to appear in Wake County District Court on Aug. 13, according to records.

Prior to his conviction and sentencing Friday, Weddle was in custody at the Wake County jail under a $5 million bail.

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