Australian cycling coach charged with rape

July 17, 2008 6:29:21 AM PDT
An Australian cycling coach who traveled to Pennsylvania for the Junior Cycling Championship is accused of raping a teenage girl he met online.

Authorities say Rick Lee turned himself in to police in Lehigh Township, in Northampton County, on Wednesday.

Lee had traveled from Perth, Australia, and had been staying with his team in Kutztown, Berks County, while the dozen members of the Midland Cycling Club trained for the competition in Trexlertown.

Police say Lee's 15-year-old victim was not one of his cycling students.

The coach is charged with burglary, trespass, rape, statutory rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure. He is being held on $125,000 bail.