Swim coach convicted of having sexual contact with minor


Noah Rucker, 40, of Bristow, was convicted of having sexual contact with a minor. (Courtesy Fairfax County police.)

Under a deal reached with prosecutors, Noah Rucker, 40, of Bristow, on Tuesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court entered an Alford plea to one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In an Alford plea, a defendant admits there’s enough evidence for a conviction, but doesn’t admit guilt.

Rucker is expected to be sentenced to six months in prison and is prohibited from coaching swimming and having contact with the woman who filed the complaint under the terms of the deal.

Rucker was arrested in June and was charged with three felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor after a woman came forward and claimed he had sexual contact with her when she was a 17-year-old student at Vienna’s James Madison High School in 2001.

Rucker, who was the swim coach there, was 29 at the time, police said.

At the time of his arrest, police said he coached swimmers throughout the region.

“Mr. Rucker denies any responsibility in the case,” said his attorney Thomas B. Walsh. “In light of the charges and in all fairness to the parties involved, an agreement was reached to reduce the charges to misdemeanors.”

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