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Former Tennis Coach Serves Jail Time, Now Faces Lawsuit for Sexual Abuse

July 30, 2018 - 9:47 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - He served jail time, but now a former youth tennis instructor is being sued by the family of the girl he sexually assaulted for four years.

 Her attorney says the girl, referred to as Jane Doe in the suit, faces a litany of anxiety, trust and depression issues since the abuse. Javier Pozo served nine months in jail, but attorney Dan Defeo says his former employer, the Miller Tennis Academy at Forest Lake Tennis Club in Chesterfield, also bears responsibility.

“Other professionals are bringing it to the attention of management that hey, Javier Pozo is being inappropriate, but it’s being dismissed, and it’s dismissed for long period of time.

Defeo says Pozo "groomed" the young student first, befriending her and making her feel comfortable with him.

The lawsuit seeks monetary damages for infliction of emotional distress, sexual assault, negligence, misrepresentation and other charges. The abuse took place from 2009 to 2013.