University of Maryland Assistant Coach Accused of Groping Xavier Player

A University of Maryland assistant women's basketball coach has resigned after a player he coached at Xavier University accused him of groping her.

According to a sworn affidavit, the Xavier player said Bryce McKey asked her to go to his home in Covington, Kentucky, in May. She said that during the evening, he touched her inappropriately several times.

McKey has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. His attorney entered a not-guilty plea for him Friday, said a prosecutor in Kenton County, Kentucky.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

School spokesman Zack Bolno said earlier that McKey was suspended indefinitely, but UMD Women's Basketball Head Coach Brenda Frese said late Friday afternoon that McKey has resigned from his position.

"It is best that Bryce tend to his personal matters and step away from coaching at this time," Frase said in a statement.

McKey's attorney said they can't say much about the case without knowing more about the allegations and that he hasn't seen anything that would substantiate the charges.

Officials at Xavier University in Cincinnati said McKey wasn't employed by the school at the time of the alleged offense in May.

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