BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) -- A softball coach from Daphne is accused of child sex abuse and rape.

Eric Thomas Sweeting, 47, turned himself in Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and first-degree rape. He's being held in the Baldwin County jail on a bond of $130,000. If he makes bond, a judge ruled that Sweeting will be on GPS house arrest, can have no contact with the victim, and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

"I absolutely think a $130,000 bond is way excessive," said Brian Dasinger, Sweeting's defense attorney. "He lives in here Baldwin County and has lived here for approximately eight years, he doesn't have anything on his record whatsoever."

Sweeting's attorney, Brian Dasinger, said he believes the victim was coerced into falsely accusing Sweeting. Dasinger said he has seen no physical evidence, nor does he expect there to be any physical evidence linking Sweeting to a crime.

"We believe there's no physical evidence of these charges what so ever," Dasinger said. "There hasn't been any provided to us nor do we believe there will be any physical evidence."

Dasinger said Sweeting is a family man, has lived in Baldwin County for eight years, has coached softball in Spanish Fort and Fairhope for the last 4 years, and served 2 years in the Army and 14 years in the Coast Guard.

If convicted on the rape charge, Sweeting could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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