MARIETTA — Former Cobb wrestling coach Ron Gorman entered a guilty plea in a Pennsylvania court Friday to sexually assaulting two boys, according to local news sources.
WFMZ News, which serves eastern Pennsylvania, reports that Gorman faces 20 to 40 years in prison. The victims, who are from Pennsylvania, said Gorman gained their trust as a volunteer coach before beginning the abuse, which lasted a number of years. The victims said Gorman flew them to Georgia and continued to abuse them here after he moved away from Pennsylvania.
Gorman was hired in 2012 as an assistant wrestling coach at Life University in Marietta. He was serving as director of wrestling at the college in 2014, MDJ archives show.
Gorman had also previously served at Pope High School about eight to 10 years ago as a community wrestling coach, according to Cobb County Schools. A spokesperson for the district told the MDJ after Gorman’s March arrest that the district’s human resources department was never notified of any allegations involving him.
WFMZ reports that Gorman was facing over 500 counts of criminal charges and was scheduled for a pretrial motions hearing on Friday before he decided to plead guilty, and he is expected to enter a separate guilty plea in a case currently pending in Georgia.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2018.