7 Exclusive: Alleged Victim's Mother Speaks Out About Coach's Sex Abuse

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM EDT

By WKBW News

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 12:16 PM EDT

Williamsville, NY (WKBW) -- The victim's mother says the relationship started out as a normal one between coach and student when the student was a 7th grade track star. As the young girl grew up over the years, coach Sam Hasan allegedly grew controlling. Hasan allegedly started leaving the then 16 year old student gifts like stuffed animals, flowers, and jewelry. The alleged victim's mother says he even began telling the teen that he loved her.
Sam Hasan was a popular track coach at Williamsville South High School. The teen's father tells us, "He was a very likeable person on the surface. Underneath, he's got some serious issues."
According to her parents, Hasan worked with their daughter all year round. They were shocked to discover that the 47 year old coach had been saying inappropriate things to their daughter in private. Her mother tells us, "She didn't want to go to school, she was losing hair. She would come home crying all the time."
The alleged abuse and controlling behavior came to light when this mother allegedly discovered disturbing emails from coach Hasan to her daughter. "I found thousands -- at least four thousand text message -- in four months." She took them to the school principal and then the Amherst Police Department. Hasan was arrested that day and fired from his job. "I felt hurt and betrayed. He took advantage of a child." The teen's mother tells us.
The alleged victim's mother says Hasan threatened to stop the girl from running track. He wanted her to end relationships with friends and her family. "that was the problem" her mother tells us, " She was scared to tell me because he said what we talk about is between us. You don't tell."
These parents advise all parents to listen to their children and always follow your gut if you think something is wrong with your child. Her father says, "looking back on it now I would have much rather offended the coach then wait and then have things get out of control the way it did."
Today, the alleged victim is a freshman in college and doing well. Hasan was terminated from his coaching job immediately. The superintendent told us back in May of 2009 that Hasan is not allowed back at Williamsville South High School even if he is found not guilty because school officials found that Hasan violated the code of conduct. We did reach out to Sam Hasan who told us that he has no comment.
Hasan is charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated harassment. He is due in court on Monday.

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