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Documents: Joe Paterno ignored boy's Jerry Sandusky complaint in 1976 - Hartford Courant

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, told by a teenage boy in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molested him in a shower, responded that he didn't want to hear about it and had "a football season to worry about," according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

E.O. Smith H.S. in Mansfield CT Coach Charged with Sexually Assaulting Students

Recently there has been a great deal of writing in the popular press about the problem of sexual assault at the University of Connecticut. Last week, police arrested Geoffrey Justin Gillette, a former teaching assistant and coach at E. O. Smith High School in nearby Mansfield, CT. Mr. Gillette, who coached football and track, is accused of having sexual relations with three different students at E. O. Smith High School. It is alleged that he had sex with the girls at his parents' home in Coventry, his apartment in Hampton, and in his motor vehicle.

New Details on Fairfield Ludlowe High School Fencing Coach Sexually Assaulting Female Student

A 36-year-old man who coached Fairfield high schools' fencing team, and also coached the sport at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, has been charged with sexually assaulting a female student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School last year. John Tejada, of Mixville Road in Cheshire, was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree sexual assault. The assault took place last year, police said, when Tejada was still coaching the fencing team comprising athletes from both Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools. He had been the team's coach since 2010, police said.

Fencing Coach Accused of Student Sex Assault in Fairfield, Connecticut

A man who served as the fencing coach at public high schools in Fairfield, Connecticut has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a female Fairfield public school student.

Former Brookfield Connecticut Cheerleading Coach Sentenced in Sex Scandal

A former Brookfield cheerleading coach escaped prison time Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to exchanging nude photographs with a 15-year-old Monroe girl he had been coaching. Standing before Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold, 31-year-old Manuel Batson apologized for his actions, but avoided looking at the girl and her mother seated a few feet from him in the courtroom. Batson, of Church Street in Ansonia, admitted sending nude photos of himself to the girl, but claimed he thought it was all right because she had told him she was already smoking and drinking. He pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor and was sentenced by Arnold to a three-year suspended term, followed by five years probation. The judge also ordered Batson to register as a sex offender and never again be employed where he would have unsupervised contact with children and teenagers.

Social Worker Accused of Interfering with Staples Coach Sexual Assault Case

The sex-assault case against a former Staples High School boys swim coach took a twist last week when a Fairfield social worker was charged with refusing to cooperate with the police investigation. Valerie Wilke, 51, a licensed social worker who lives on Joan Drive in Fairfield, was charged Wednesday with failure to report abuse or neglect, and interfering with a police officer. "Since 1967, social workers have been mandated reporters of abuse under state law," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Cornelius Kelly, who declined to comment on the case against Wilke.

Poly Prep settles lawsuit claiming football coach Phil Foglietta sexually abused hundreds of boys

Poly Prep Country Day School, one of New York's most prestigious private schools, has agreed to settle a landmark lawsuit claiming its longtime football coach sexually abused hundreds of boys over a 25-year period and that officials covered up the assaults for decades. The settlement ends a three-year legal and public relations battle that divided parents and alumni and turned the elite Brooklyn school into a symbol of institutional indifference to sexual abuse in youth sports. The explosive suit, filed in 2009, claimed officials at the Dyker Heights prep school knew that coach Phil Foglietta was a sexual predator, but ignored repeated complaints during his 25 years at the school because they didn't want to jeopardize the institution's athletic reputation and fund-raising efforts.

Fairfield man, ex-Staples swim coach, charged with sexually assaulting girls

The former boys swim coach at Staples High School in Westport was arrested Monday after police said he confessed to sexually assaulting two young girls for more than three years. Jeffrey Schare of Fairfield, who had been coach of the Wreckers boys swim and dive team for seven years, faces multiple sex charges. Students and staff at Staples High School, where Schare also taught math, were told in late November that he was leaving the school, but no reason was given reason other than "personal reasons." Schare, 43, began "grooming" the two girls when they were much younger, "promising favors such as food and sleep-overs as rewards for his deviant behavior," according to the arrest warrant affidavit. He began touching the girls inappropriately, and the offenses progressed from there: "A behavior he readily admitted to his wife, was a lust for younger girls, an urge that he could no longer control," the affidavit sates.

Sports Illustrated Features Two Champions Who Came Forward About Child Sexual Abuse

In an inspiring and gripping article, Sports Illustrated's December 17, 2012 edition features the stories of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and Judo Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison.  Both are survivors of child sexual abuse.  R.A. Dickey suffered abuse by a 13-year-old babysitter and later a teenage boy and Kayla Harrison by her coach of many years.

Could a Sex Offender be Coaching Your Kids? - Advice to Protect Children

We saw this article on About.com written by Robin McClure and thought it was highly relevant.  The advice in the article is sound and can be applied to many things besides coaching.  Recently there was a case reported in Easton, Connecticut regarding a teenage babysitter abusing the 2 girls he was watching. You miight not be able to run a background check on a minor; however, other adivce in the article below like stopping in unexpectedly and talking to your children can be helpful in protecting them.  Unfortunately, sexual predators are highly skilled in fooling even the most suspicous parents. Could a sexual offender be coaching or working with your kid?  It's possible, and often parents don't ask enough questions before signing their kid up to participation in sports or other activity whether background checks are done.  Many adults blindly trust their child's coach, adult leader, or community volunteer, somehow thinking that anyone who would volunteer their time to work with kids must be a "good guy."  Unfortunately, that's not always the case. While more and more organizations are requiring a background check before an adult can coach/supervise a kid, that's not always the case.  The reason?  Background checks cost money and require someone to administer the checks, and organizations may not have funds available.  Some groups even require the individuals who are interested in coaching to pay for the background checks themselves, but when parent volunteers and coaches are sometimes hard to find, that can make finding people who agree to take on the task even more difficult.

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