Leander football player arrested second time

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by KVUE.com and SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 5:21 PM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- Police have arrested an all-district Leander football player a second time for an alleged inappropriate act involving a child.

Gregory Raymond Kelley, 18, was arrested Aug. 9 for aggravated sexual assault of a child. The child is a four-year-old boy. Kelley was released the same day after posting bond set at $75,000.

Now Cedar Park police say Kelley's investigation has uncovered a second victim, also a four-year-old boy. Kelley was arrested Friday morning with a warrant for indecency with a child by contact.

Kelley was booked into the Williamson County Jail with bond set at $35,000.

He's a senior this year and his fellow classmates describe him as a popular -- star football player. While many are rallying around him in support, others tell KVUE they aren't so sure.

Cars marked with "pray for GK" are seen across town. Kelley's classmates and friends rally around the senior football player in disbelief of the charges against him.

"I definitely know he has a lot of support," one former student said.

Just one day before his second arrest, Kelley's girlfriend tweeted "praying for the rumors to be squashed. Please don't judge or jump to conclusions before you know the story."

"Everyone's with him," explained the former student, who does not want to reveal his identity. "I think a lot of kids have a tendency of not wanting to believe that, especially someone among the top of their peers, could do something wrong."

Police say both 4-year-old victims claim Kelley acted inappropriately with them at a home on Marysol Trail in Cedar Park that also operated as a daycare. Kelley had been living in the home since December.

"We have two young 4-year-old children that will be scarred for life as a result of this," said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.

Chief Mannix says the department is investigating the possibility of other victims.

"Even at the age of 4-years-old, 5-years-old, kids are able to communicate and in their communications sometimes are able to tell adults things they wouldn't otherwise know at that stage in life," he explained.

Still, many of the people close to Kelley don't believe the claims.

"I'm glad to live in a country where innocence is presumed until guilt is determined by a court. I will also add I do not believe there is a cabal of 4-year-olds out there making up stories about this gentleman," Chief Mannix said. 

"He did something. A kid doesn't lie about those things," the former student said.

Kelley's friends are holding a fundraiser in support of him Saturday afternoon with a BBQ and bake sale. As for the daycare, The Department of Family and Protective Services says the owners voluntarily closed it down after the first incident. A spokesperson tells KVUE anyone over the age of 14 would have needed a background check if living in the home. That investigation is still ongoing.

Cedar Park police will continue investigating the potential of other victims. Parents who believe Kelley had unsupervised access to their children should contact Detective Christopher Dailey at  (512) 260‐4772, or at the very least, ask their children about exposure to any inappropriate contact.

The Cedar Park Police Department is keeping the Leander Independent School District informed due to Kelley’s status as a student and football player. Kelley had started the new school year in an alternative program not on the Leander High School campus.

KVUE's Shannon Murray will have more on this story on KVUE News at 5 p.m.

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