Peltiers court martial comes amid a new wave of sexual assault allegations against prominent athletes from the U.S. men’s national team, which includes former U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon and former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
The athletes are among at least 16 current and former professional soccer players accused of committing sexual assault in the United States and Europe.
The U.K. soccer federation has suspended several players from the men’s squad in light of the accusations.
The charges are the latest in a series of sexual assaults against athletes and players that have rocked sports culture, with many of the incidents involving current and past members of the soccer team.
Former soccer player Spencer Paelier is serving his 10-year prison sentence in New Hampshire.
(AP) A former soccer star was sentenced Friday to 10-years in prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a bar in Massachusetts.
Spencer Pielers sentencing hearing took place in a Boston courthouse.
He was found guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object.
The victim was a woman and was not a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which is also part of the university system.
Peltieri, who was born in France and raised in Brooklyn, was sentenced to the maximum of 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to two counts in the case.
Prosecutors said Peltiriers first victim came to him for help after she said she was assaulted in an apartment.
The woman said she got a phone call from Pelticier, who claimed he was a former U,N.
The suspect said he was in New York to help the woman and her family, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors noted Peltis phone history also showed he was an avid soccer player, but he also had been arrested multiple times for assault.
Pels is one of the athletes who have come under scrutiny over accusations against former U.,N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Key.
Key has denied all the accusations and accused the media of using the case to promote a “culture of victim-blaming.”