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A convicted sex offender tried several times to get jobs serving as a children’s coach in North Carolina, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
The office received a tip that the 22-year-old tried to serve as a coach or assistant coach in a youth league at a parks and recreation department. Investigators confirmed the man was a registered sex offender and applied at several locations serving children to serve as a coach.
In each case, even in those where he used a false name, staff identified the man and denied him the coaching duties, the release states.
Deputies charged the man with 12 counts of felony sex offender on child premises, a count of failure to notify change of address for sex offender and a charge of failure to appear.
A former youth hockey coach and pro hockey scout is charged with sexually assaulting a young player after taking the boy under his wing -- a little more than a decade after being acquitted of the same charge.
The man was formally charged with three counts of rape of a child. In 2005 he was found not guilty by a jury on charges he raped a different boy in the late 1990s.
In this current case, the assistant district attorney told the court the alleged abuse began in 1991 and took place on various dates for three years until 1994. The victim was 13 years old at the time the alleged abuse began. The victim told a family member about the matter when he was in his teens, and told a high school hockey coach he wasn’t comfortable working with the man, according to the DA.
A swimming coach has been suspended by the sport's governing body in Canada after criminal charges were brought against him for sexual assault, sexual exploitation and four counts of luring a person under 18 years.
The individual is the owner of a swimming club in Ontario. The Durham Regional Police sexual assault unit launched an investigation in August after a teenage girl who was a member of the club alleged she'd been sexually assaulted in 2011. Investigators said no other complaints had been brought forward.
The 35-year-old coach had past roles with Swimming Canada, including being part of the coaching staff at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships and the recent Mid-Eastern World Cup Tour.
A 57-year-old Little League coach in Florida was arrested on 10 counts of possession of child pornography. The man is accused of having multiple images on his computer of children being sexually abused. The man is also an employee of the Florida Department of Corrections.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted authorities after discovering child pornography being shared online originating from a computer in the county.
Sheriff’s agents with the Sexual Offender Registration and Tracking Unit tracked the images to a residence. They issued a warrant and found the images on a computer alleged to be the coach’s.
The coach, who passed a background check to become a coach, has been associated with the local Little League for four years. No complaints have been lodged against him during that time.
Investigators said more charges against him could be pending after a subsequent investigation revealed more illegal images.
A 42-year-old man is accused of embezzling about $20,000 from a youth baseball and softball league after discrepancies in the league’s bank records were noticed. The man had been the league’s treasurer since October of 2014.
The league president told the Detroit Free Press: “It’s pretty sad. For the majority of the people who participate in our league, it’s a luxury to play baseball. One individual did something really bad … and the kids are the victims.”
The individual was arraigned and charged with embezzlement from a non-profit/charitable organization, a 10-year felony.
Children participating in a football league in Pennsylvania found out that their season was canceled due to “continued threats” made against referees and coaches as ammunition shells marked with the names of league officials were discovered at the field where teams play.
The league sent a letter to parents and players saying the decision was made out of concern for the safety for the children.
The letter was sent shortly after ammunition shells with names of the league officers printed on them were discovered at the field gate.
The league decided to cancel the season based on advice from police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
State police and the FBI are investigating. Authorities say whoever wrote the names on the bullets could be facing terroristic threat charges.
A 16-year-old is in police custody after allegedly stabbing his father multiple times during an argument centered around his decision to quit his school’s football team.
According to reports the teen skipped practice before telling his father he was tired of playing football. That choice led to an argument and eventually resulted in the player wielding a knife and stabbing his parent.
A police spokesman told KHOU-TV the relationship between the son and father had soured due to football.
The player’s father is in stable condition. The teen was been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
A volunteer youth basketball coach in Oakland, Calif., was viciously beaten in the parking lot outside an indoor basketball facility, apparently by people associated with the team they were going to play that day in a tournament.
The coach suffered a broken knee cap which required emergency surgery, facial fractures and other injuries in the attack, and an ophthalmologist must assess the bleeding that’s occurring in one of his eyes.
The 49-year-old coach’s team had finished a morning game in the tournament they were competing in and was in the parking lot talking with some others while waiting for their next game to begin.
While he was outside allegedly parents from the team they were about to play began threatening him, and four or five people began punching him.
Police and medical personnel were called and police were working to identify the attackers.
A former youth sports treasurer was sentenced to three years probation and restitution of $3,580 for stealing from a youth football and cheerleading organization in Ohio.
The organization’s officers testified that the man failed to attend several monthly board meetings and failed to provide written financial statements to the board while he served as the group’s treasurer. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact him, they went to the police.
The 41-year-old must abide by a curfew, as well as pay court costs, a monthly supervision fee and the restitution to the sports organization.
A 55-year-old man in New Jersey who years ago had been active in a youth sports organization has been accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the man’s home and found numerous images of child porn on a hard drive and other electronic devices. Authorities believe images stored on a hard drive were made available to others on a shared network.
An investigation began after detectives monitoring the shared network noticed child-porn images being downloaded from an IP address associated with this individual’s home.
The man was charged with one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography and bail was set at $100,000.
A club volleyball owner in Texas is accused of raping a 16-year-old girl at her home, as well as providing marijuana to the victim and other girls.
The alleged assault occurred at the girl’s home in March while her parents were away. The 48-year-old club owner is accused of giving marijuana to the 16-year-old and other girls. According to reports in theFort Worth Star-Telegram he then forced the girl to have sex in the bathroom.
He faces charges of delivery of marijuana to a child and sexual assault of a child. He was released on $20,000 bail.
The girl told investigators in May that the man sexually assaulted her several times, including in parking lots and an area motel. She did not come forward with the allegations because she was “scared and blamed herself,” according to the report.
A 26-year-old volunteer baseball coach in West Virginia has been arrested on allegations of attempting to sexually abuse several minor children.
The Sheriff's Office was notified that a volunteer coach for a local baseball organization had been exchanging inappropriate messages of a sexually explicit nature with several young children.
The recipients of these sexually explicit messages were all young male children under the age of 14.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect was engaging in a process commonly known as “grooming" which is attempting to establish a friendly relationship with the children and gain their trust before attempting to sexually abuse them.
The man was arrested by Sheriff's Detectives and his bond was set at $250,000.
A former gymnastics coach who was on Rhode Island’s Most Wanted list after being accused of molesting three girls and fleeing the state to avoid prosecution, has been caught after a decade on the run.
The 61-year-old worked as a gymnastics instructor at a YMCA when he was accused of molesting three young girls. Authorities said he was scheduled for a pre-trial conference in Rhode Island Superior Court in July of 2004, where he was to face numerous counts of child molestation.
He fled to avoid prosecution and was listed on the Rhode Island State Police website as one of the state's 10 most-wanted fugitives.
After more than a decade on the loose, FBI agents in Boston got a tip on where the man was living.
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