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A former youth football coach has been sentenced to life in prison on child molestation charges.
The 61-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation. He also was ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.
He was found guilty in January of molesting a young man on multiple occasions between 1990 and 1997.
The man’s lawyer says his client maintains his innocence and will appeal.
A youth sports coach in Missouri who worked with girls has been charged with using a false Facebook identity to seek explicit photos from women and girls ranging in age from 15 to 20.
After speaking with investigators, the 39-year-old said he created a Facebook account for a fictitious person. With this account, he contacted girls and women from 15 to 20.
The investigation eventually determined that the man had communications with two girls who were 15 and 16 years old. He repeatedly asked them personal questions about their bodies and asked them to send naked pictures.
Many of the girls the man contacted were known to him through his position as an assistant sports coach in the area.
According to a sworn statement from an investigator, the man said he knew the girls he had contacted were underage and that what he was doing was wrong.
An East Texas youth baseball coach was arrested in Shreveport, La., for the purpose of allegedly meeting underage boys for sex.
The 26-year-old was arrested at a location where he thought he would be meeting two juvenile boys and their father, according to detectives.
Detectives began investigating the man after he placed a publicly viewable online ad. Detectives responded to the ad under an assumed identity of an adult male with two juvenile boys, ages 8 and 12.
Police say a detective and the coach had several text conversations during which he stated his intentions.
The coach told the detective’s assumed identity that he would be driving to Shreveport with the intent to perform sexual acts on the two juvenile boys after he finished assistant coaching a baseball team of 7- and 8-year-old boys.
A female youth baseball coach in Indiana has been charged with sexting one of her 14-year-old players.
The 38-year-old woman faces four counts of child solicitation and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a minor – all felony charges. Authorities say some of the texts sent to the boy showed her partially naked.
Court records show a forensic examination of the woman’s cell phone revealed she researched websites about the legality of sexting with minors.
She could face up to three-years in prison on each of the counts.
A 26-year-old basketball coach in Philadelphia was charged with aggravated assaulted after he fired a gun during a Saturday afternoon youth basketball game at a recreation center.
Investigators say at some point the man got into an argument with spectators and an opposing coach about the game. The situation became heated and he pulled out his weapon, firing once.
Lt. John Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department told ABC’s WPVT-TV: “Unfortunately, he doesn’t abide by the rules that he should as a coach in reducing conflict and he creates a conflict, lets it go up a little higher, and then makes a stupid mistake of pulling out a gun.”
No one was injured, but detectives charged the coach because he could have called 911 if he felt he was in danger.
A volunteer youth basketball coach in Illinois has been charged with having inappropriate contact with one of her players at a sleepover, according to county prosecutors.
Bail was set at $100,000 for the 22-year-old, who is charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, authorities said.
She is charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female middle school student where she was volunteering as a girls basketball coach.
The abuse allegedly occurred during a sleepover at a player's residence, according to police. She accompanied some of the girls on the team to a movie that night, and she then spent the night with them at the sleepover, authorities said.
A 46-year-old woman from Laguna Niguel, Calif., was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two members of her son's youth hockey team, prosecutors said.
In addition to her sentence, the woman will have to register as a lifetime sex offender.
Prosecutors said the woman had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old boy in her bedroom on four occasions between July 2010 and July 2011. She also gave the boy alcohol, and on another occasion encouraged the boy and a teen girl to drink alcohol during a party at her home, prosecutors said.
On one occasion between April 2006 and April 2008, prosecutors said the woman engaged in sex acts with a 14-year-old boy during a sleepover.
A jury found her guilty of four felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with the 16-year-old boy, as well as two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, prosecutors said.
She pleaded guilty to four felony counts of lewd acts on a child in the case of the 14-year-old, prosecutors said.
A fight following a youth soccer game in Orlando, Fla., left one teen with a concussion and another facing a potential felony battery charge.
The incident happened at the close of the championship match of the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex between the under-16 teams for Orlando FC/QPR Academy and Pachuca FC Miami.
“What made this insane was that the parents cleared the bench,” a father of an Orlando player told the Orlando Sentinel. “The parents on their team helped their children. They even hit some kids on our team. A grandparent was punched in the chest, and his pacemaker went off. He was on the ground.”
The dad of another Orlando player told the Sentinel: “I heard this commotion and I saw a bunch of Miami's parents running out on the field. I saw our goalkeeper on the ground being pummeled by two or three of their guys. My son said he got hit by a mother on their side.”
Sheriff's deputies were called to a youth baseball game because of a fight between a parent and a coach in New York.
According to the 49-year-old coach, a parent of one of the players came onto the field in the first inning and was yelling and swearing at him about his child not playing.
The coach said both men were swearing at each other when the parent threw a punch, knocking the coach's hat off. The coach said he defended himself by throwing a couple of punches and taking the parent to the ground.
The coach said the parent got up and left the area with his child.
Deputies contacted the parent, who verified the coach's story.
A youth soccer coach in Florida accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy on his team was arrested on three counts of lewd or lascivious conduct on a minor.
Police said the 44-year-old coach is accused of molesting one of his soccer players on more than one occasion. Police said the alleged acts occurred at the coach’s home and the soccer field's clubhouse.
Detectives said the coach would buy shoes and other gifts for the boy and "would take him anywhere he wanted to go," according to the arrest report.
The report stated that the boy told the coach on several occasions to stop touching him, but as the coach’s advances continued the boy told his parents, who then notified police.
Two youth football teams and their cheerleaders in Florida were barred from the championship game because the football conference says seven of the 34 cheerleaders performed their routines during a barbecue at the home of an assistant coach.
The impromptu routine made it onto Facebook, where officials with the conference saw it. The cheerleaders performed to music and were wearing their uniforms, which violated a rule about how often players may practice. Extra practice time gives a team, or cheerleading squad, a competitive edge, conference officials said.
About 30 children ages 9 to 12 were disqualified from taking part in the championship game.
According to reports, an assistant cheerleading coach hosted a barbecue following a cheer competition. Someone turned on music and seven cheerleaders who were in uniform began to cheer.
Three peewee hockey coaches in Nova Scotia who were accused of using foul language and offering players cash for hits during games were suspended for one year.
Parents of some players on the team told CBC News that coaches taped a $5 bill to the dressing room wall as an incentive for the player who could deliver the biggest hit in the game.
Other allegations included cursing and using derogatory language toward players.
The coaches denied the allegations and said they were either false or blown out of proportion.
One father told reporters his son's confidence was eroded by the coaches and he dreaded going to practice because he believed he would be singled out or sworn at.
“He was subjected to a lot of derogatory language, a lot of humiliating comments, name-calling,” the father said. “A lot of the kids left the environment in tears, not from physical incidents but emotional incidents.”
A 17-year-old senior struck an official in the head twice during a soccer match in Chicago.
"I think he got exasperated because there was only two minutes left," the 47-year-old official told the Chicago Tribune. "He started screaming and swearing. I gave him a yellow card, and then he started telling me some other stuff, swearing more than before. I gave him a red card after that. He was insulting me. After that, he just went to confront me. He threw me a punch, then he threw another punch."
The player's teammates intervened after the second punch was thrown, with coaches arriving from the far sideline. Police and firefighters responded to the scene.
The official refused medical treatment and the player was taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with misdemeanor battery, according to a police report.
The former president of a youth athletic association was booked into the county jail on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the organization. The man turned himself into police. The listed charge is theft by conversion and he was later released on a $27,700 bond.
According to the police report, $45,000 is missing from association accounts. A representative of the youth association provided police with a list of unauthorized transactions totaling $24,017.
The transactions included more than $13,000 in over-the-counter and ATM bank withdrawals, as well as purchases at Walmart, Sam's, Amazon, Stubhub, Costco, 1-800-flowers, Cinderella's Closet, Home Depot, Tobacco Palace, iTunes, Direct TV, gas stations, several local restaurants, plus tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert for more than $400.
Other charges include multiple car payments for more than $600, a purchase from a local dress shop for close to $500 and a donation to Save the Manatee.
The man, according to the report, is believed to have transferred funds online from various association accounts into the association's main account. He allegedly then used an association debit card to complete the transactions at various locations.
"Money was actually taken from other accounts that he did not have direct access to or the card for and place into the account that he did have access to," said the police department’s public information officer.
The funds were supposed to go for uniforms, equipment, concession contracts and gear for the children in the program.
A teenage soccer player who broke his leg during a game in England was forced to crawl from the field after being taunted by the referee, who didn’t believe the injury was serious.
The youngster was ridiculed by the official, who said he would be crying if he had broken his leg and told him to get up. The official even threatened to call a diving penalty on the youngster before leaving him to crawl to the sideline.
The player’s parents took him straight to the hospital and he’ll be in a cast for six months.
After the game the official even went on Facebook and sent the youngster a message: “Sorry to hear of your "broken" leg … it's only a crack, not a real break. Football is a physical game played by men. Maybe think about netball or rounders in future. Get well soon."
The referee was charged with inappropriate conduct in that he did not show a duty of care for an injured player. He was also charged with making inappropriate remarks on a social media site.
An enraged father’s tirade at a 10-year-old girls soccer match in New York was captured by cellphone cameras and posted on YouTube.
Witnesses say the dad became upset after a volunteer official asked him to stop cursing at his own daughter on the field. Accounts differ, but some witnesses said the man refused to back down and threw a water bottle filled with beer at the official, then shoved him.
The players were cowering and crying during the incident, witnesses said.
Police were called to the scene, but the official, also the father of a player on the opposing team, declined to press charges.
The soccer league, which has a zero-tolerance policy about parents’ misconduct, is investigating the incident. The coach of the team for which the man’s daughter played, said the father has a long history with the team and had no history of outbursts.
“We serve as role models for the young people whatever we do,” said Suffolk Police Deputy Inspector George Fasanelli. “If you watch this, you can see kids standing around watching what’s going on.”
A select league baseball coach in Texas was sentenced to 15 days in jail for firing at least 12 baseballs at a 15-year-old player at speeds of up to 80 miles an hour.
Along with the 15-day jail sentence he had to pay a $500 fine and be on community supervision for 18 months.
He was arrested in October of 2012 for allegedly throwing between 12 and 15 baseballs at a player who was struggling to stay in the batter's box, according to the sheriff’s office. Investigators could see baseball seams on the boy's body, as well as bruising and swelling on his arms, legs and back.
The coach defended the act to investigators as a “training technique.”
The jury, however, convicted him for assault – bodily injury.
“I am thankful for the jury's verdict and the message that it sends for the safety of children in our community,” said District Attorney Patrick Wilson in a prepared statement. “This was a difficult case for all concerned.”
In addition to his other punishments, the coach must film a video that shows “the dangers of being struck by a pitch and some proper techniques and drills to minimize or avoid injury.”
A fight during a youth hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, grew out of control after a referee body-slammed a player to the ice.
Peewee hockey teams were playing in a local tournament when a fight broke out in the final minutes. As the referees pulled the kids apart, a player skated in front of the opposing team’s bench and taunted the players, according to news reports.
As officials tried to break up the throng of players in front of the bench, one 12-year-old player appeared to slash an opposing player and the two began throwing punches.
Video of the incident shows a referee stepping in, and he appears to grab the player from behind, taking him down to the ice, with parents of the players yelling in the background.
One youngster suffered a broken wrist in the scuffle.
The youngster’s coach told reporters: “He should have easily been able to separate the two of them. Instead of separating them properly, he grabbed my player with both hands and threw him on the ice. That ref should have never put two hands on one player. He should have put one hand on one player, one hand on the other player and separated them properly.”
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