Melrose coach accused of raping athlete

MELROSE, N.M. (KRQE) – New details have emerged about the Melrose volleyball coach charged with raping a student.

KRQE News 13 has learned she’s coached at the school for six years and the victim is one of her players.

Curry County Sheriff’s Office says Allison Draper, 28, raped and molested a Melrose student.

The community is shocked by the news.

“That’s surprising to me and it’s really kind of scary to know that that would go on in a small town,” said Angie Phear.

Draper graduated from Melrose High School in 2004. She used to coach Angie Phear’s step-daughter.

“You go out of your way to protect these kids and then some outsider comes in and just takes advantage of it just because you’re not around. That’s just wrong,” said Phear.

Melrose residents say Draper would often attend church and her family was friends with the victim.

Parents say they want her to stay away from students.

“She needs to get out of the business of being a coach and get away from kids,” said one resident.

The chief deputy with the District Attorney’s office has sealed all documents regarding Draper’s case in order to protect the victims.

Officials say the documents will be unsealed once Draper makes her first appearance in court. A date for that has not been set.

Deputies say they’re continuing to investigate a second Melrose coach who’s also accused of having an unlawful relationship with a student.

Both Draper and the other coach have resigned.

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