Court date set for ex-Dover tennis instructor accused of improper relationship in 1989

Carl Fennell

DOVER — The jury trial of a 73-year-old Dover man accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl he mentored in tennis nearly 30 years ago is set for Dec. 3 in Kent County Superior Court.

Carl D. Fennell was indicted on 10 counts of first-degree unlawful sexual intercourse on Aug. 6 for alleged acts committed between July 1989 and May 1990. The girl was 14 years old at the time, Dover Police said, and Mr. Fennell drove her to tennis lessons at Delaware Technical Community College before the alleged incidents took place.

Police said a now 43-year-old woman contacted detectives with allegations on July 11 to begin an investigation.

Police said Mr. Fennell is a retired Capital School District employee and was working as a private coach at the time of the alleged offenses. In 2015, he was one of 12 people inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame.

A case review was scheduled for Oct. 16 and a final review is set for Nov. 28.

Attorney John R. Garey is representing Mr. Fennell, and Deputy Attorney General Kathleen A. Dickerson is prosecuting the case. No judge was listed in a monthly trial schedule posted Monday.

A $5,000 secured bond was listed for each of the counts.

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