Texas football coach charged in '90s child sex abuse cases in Waco

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Published: Aug. 16, 2017 at 2:36 PM CDT
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McLennan County sheriff's deputies have arrested an Irving area football coach accused of sexually abusing at least two boys in Waco in the 1990’s.

Shawn Risener, 46, has been charged with two counts of indecency with a child and one count of sexual assault of a child, all second-degree felonies.

According to sheriff's officials, two men allege Risener made them perform inappropriate sexual acts sometime between the years of 1990-1995.

One of the alleged victims recently contacted the agency, and after looking into it, the sheriff's office obtained warrants for an arrest.

Risener turned himself in Monday morning.

A source close to the investigation says Risener lived with a well-known, church-oriented family in southern McLennan County while attending Baylor.

The source said he used that position to lure young teens, enticing them to play games, ultimately involving them in sexual activity.

One of the two victims involved in the case decided to come forward to law enforcement after learning Risener was a high school football coach.

"Unfortunately, and that's the crying shame in this, it's not unique, it's not out of the realm, it's someone using a social setting, a friendship, a church group, a place where people are not on-guard, and exploiting that to exploit children," said Chief Deputy David Kilcrease.

MCSO officials believed both victims to be credible.

Risener was released from the McLennan County Jail just after noon on Monday after posting bonds totaling $30,000.

Sheriff's officials said they were fairly certain more victims are out there and encouraged them to come forward as there is no statute of limitations on felony child sex crimes in Texas.

At least one other alleged incident occurred at a religious camp out of state.

The case file is being referred to a jurisdiction in Oklahoma, so additional charges on Risener could be added, officials said.