5 indecent liberties charges against Tennis coach withdrawn

Gordon Hammersley, photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.
Gordon Hammersley, photo courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Five of seven charges against a private tennis coach have been withdrawn. He was accused of sexual encounters several years ago with underage girls.

Gordon T. Hammersley, 31, of Yorktown appeared in York County’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Two charges of indecent liberties by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship were certified to circuit court and the other five charges were nolle prosequi.

Nolle prosequi means prosecutors do not wish to pursue the charges at this time, but the charges could be brought back, if new evidence surfaces.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said the victim reported the incident to deputies May 13. She said she had several sexual encounters with Hammersley between November 2009 and June 2010 while she was a student. She was 14 to 15-years-old at the time.

Further investigation led deputies to arrest Hammersley. “He drove her around, and bad things happened,” Ivey said.

Ivey said the sex offenses happened in the suspect’s car. He said Hammersley would drive to neighborhoods in York County and park. The majority of the encounters happened in and around the Queens Creek Estates neighborhood off Queens Creek Road.

“Even if somebody saw them, saw him park in the neighborhood, recognize him as being in the neighborhood; I’d like to know that,” Ivey said.

Hammersley’s social media pages said he has ten years experience teaching tennis. His Twitter page also said he worked at the Kingsmill Resort Tennis Club at one point.

A tennis club employee confirmed Hammersley was an assistant tennis professional at the resort for several years and left about two years ago, though the resort did not give specific dates.

Investigators would like to know if there are more victims and is asking anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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