Former Grapevine coach accused of sex assault arrested for 5th time

The girls' volleyball coach from Grapevine who was charged with sexually assaulting a minor has been arrested for the fifth time.

Damian Merrick coached for a team affiliated with the North Texas Volleyball Association. It's a club team that played at Grapevine High School, but is not affiliated with the school.

He is mow back in jail for violating his bond, and it's the third time it's happened.

Parents of his former volleyball players aren't surprised. A father who asked that FOX 4 not show his face or say his name to protect his daughter said Merrick "does act like he's above the law."

Merrick has been free on bond on drug and child sex assault charges. He is now accused of violating the conditions of his release.

Before his first arrest in May, there was a police investigation into a March 2012 tournament in Shreveport.

A father told police four female players were in their hotel room when “Damian Merrick and his son had come over to their room."

The police complaint states, "As they started to come in [a player] said ‘I'm not wearing any pants.’ Damian said ‘That's ok’ and walked right in anyway."

The complaint says Damian walked over to the bed, “Climbed onto it and lay down on top of the covers."

Despite everything, the father of the volleyball player mentioned above said Grapevine police decided no laws were broken. The North Texas Volleyball Association investigated the incident, but also did nothing.

“I had mentioned to several people that it was probably just a matter of time before we see him in the news, and lo and behold, here he is,” said the father.

This past summer, Merrick was arrested on charges of giving drugs to a player and arrested a second time on a charge he sexually assaulted at least one of his volleyball players.

Months later, he was arrested again on two more counts of sexual assault of a child.

In August, a judge gave him tougher bond restrictions after he showed up to games where potential victims played.

On Oct. 23, the former coach was arrested a fourth time for violating the tougher bond, and Monday, a fifth time for violating bond again.

According to the court administrator for the Tarrant County judge over Merrick's case, his actions are being taken very seriously.

The administrator says typically, when someone violates bond, it's doubled. But in Merrick's case, the judge ruled he must stay in jail until at least Monday.

FOX 4’s calls to Merrick's lawyer for comment weren’t returned.

At an upcoming hearing on Monday, a judge has a few options, which include keep the former coach in custody and make terms of his bond stricter.

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