A powerful former prep hoops magnate in New York who has been indicted on charges of sexual abuse in Massachusetts allegedly paid a former victim between $1,000-6,000 each month to stay silent between 1990 and 2008, a sum that eventually totaled at least $2 million.
According to the New York Daily News, Ernest Lorch made the payments to Sean McCray, under the guise that McCray was assisting Lorch with his powerful and expanding Riverside Church basketball program, an outfit that once boasted players including NBA All-Star Ron Artest -- who is pictured with Lorch above -- Chris Mullin and Mark Jackson. He resigned from his influential perch atop the program in 2002 when the Daily News reported that he was being investigated for sex abuse charges involving former players.
"I was protecting him," McCray told the Daily News. "He was buying my silence."
Equally troubling to McCray's pay-for-silence allegations are the errands that Lorch allegedly asked McCray to perform. In addition toRead More »from Patriarch of NYC hoops program paid $2 million in sex abuse bribes