Updated: 02/26/2014 11:48 AM
Created: 02/25/2014 10:27 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
For the first time, Honalee Gray is speaking publicly about her sexual assault at the hands of a track coach while a student at St. Cloud Apollo High School.
She was just a happy 15-year-old freshman who helped manage the school's track team. It was then, in 2005, that a 25-year-old coach started paying extra attention to her.
Adam Michael Lee was charged with sexually assaulting Gray and last week pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual conduct. Gray stayed quiet about the assault for nearly 10 years but came forward to authorities after hearing that Lee had been convicted in 2013 of having sexual contact with another student.
"I wanted other possible victims to know it was okay to come forward, because I do not believe the he (Lee) has only assaulted me and one other young girl," Gray said. "I believe there are others he at least tried to assault, and I hope they know they have support among prosecutors and others."
Gray says that when she was 15 she thought she "had done something wrong and must have asked for it" when Lee assaulted her. But now, at the age of 24, Gray says she knows she was a victim and that Lee "acted as a predator and took advantage of me at a very vulnerable age and time in my life."
Gray says the assault changed her life forever.
"I have a hard time trusting anyone or getting close to anyone because I am fearful they will take advantage of me," Gray said.
Lee has a sentencing date in Sherburne County next month.
He already has two prior felony convictions for third degree sexual conduct and soliciting a minor through electronic means.
KSTP tried finding a phone number and current address for Lee to offer an interview but were unable to locate him. We also checked, and it does not appear that Lee is currently teaching or coaching in Minnesota.