Cheerleading coach James Henry So indicted for raping minor

James Henry So (Franklin Police Dept.) and Premiere Athletics (YouTube screenshot)

A 27-year-old cheer coach in Tennessee has been arrested for allegedly raping a female minor at a popular cheerleading training facility.

James Henry So was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with one count of aggravated rape, four counts of statutory rape, three counts of rape, and two counts of sexual battery, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a press release from the Franklin Police Department, a Williamson County grand jury last week returned a true bill indicting So on the aforementioned charges, all of which stem from an incident involving a 17-year-old girl earlier this year.

“All of the charges were against one victim, a 17-year-old female, and occurred during a single encounter. It happened inside Premier Athletics, on Gothic Court,” FPD said in the release. “An investigation was initiated after the incident was reported in March. Results from that investigation, including an exhaustive review of evidence in the case, were presented to a Williamson County Grand Jury, who returned the charges police arrested So for, last night.”

The alleged rape took place on about Feb. 25, 2023, prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

The indictment states that the sexual battery charges against So stem from him “unlawfully, knowingly, and feloniously” engaging in “sexual contact with a minor child” at a time when So “knew or had reason to know at the time of said contact that the minor child did not consent.”

Prosecutors further alleged that So did “sexually penetrate” the victim who “did not consent,” and in doing so “did cause bodily injury to the minor child,” according to the aggravated rape charge.

Cheerleading coach James Henry So indicted for raping minor

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