NORWALK - A tennis instructor is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Norwalk.

Maurice Thomas Riley, 20, is charged in the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl while he was a tennis instructor at the Norwalk Grass Roots Tennis Club.

Police say the child was just 11 when the abuse started in 2012 but that she was too scared to report the incident until May of this year.

Norwalk Grass Roots says it didn't know of the assault before the reports. The club says it has a zero tolerance policy for abuse.

The victim also claims that Riley has inappropriately touched other girls at the club.

Riley was immediately suspended from the tennis club after the victim told a staff employee that they engaged in a sexual relationship.

Riley denies any culpability in the accusation.

His defense attorney, Gene Riccio, released a statement saying that people should not rush to judgment at this early stage of the investigation.

The victim continues to attend Norwalk Grass Roots and is trying to put the ordeal behind her.