Convicted child molester was asst. Little League coach, not on registry

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 5:23 AM

(WHAS11)-- Nestled in the middle of Washington County, Ind. are pristine baseball fields.

Hundreds of kids play in the youth league there and many parents are very involved. Including one parent who is a convicted child molester.
 
“You get in trouble in school, you don't get to play ball. When you get in trouble in life and you don't get to coach a ball team,” Anna Hall, a concerned parent, said.

Hall's child plays for the East Washington Youth League. She was concerned about Bradley Anderson participating as an assistant coach and T-Ball coordinator.

“It's not whether they are on the sex offender registry, it’s if they have a conviction of a sex offense,” Hall said.

Anderson is not on the sex offender registry any longer, but court documents show in 2002 he pleaded guilty to child molestation which was Class B Felony in the state of Indiana.

This court record obtained by WHAS 11 states that when police interviewed Anderson he confessed to having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and knew she was only 13. At the time Anderson was in his mid 20's.

WHAS 11 covered the case in the early 2000's because Anderson was the Jackson Township Fire Chief. The victim was a junior fire fighter being trained by Anderson.

Many parents at the ball field had no idea about Anderson's past.

“Having a daughter that is eight and a son similar age,  no, I am not comfortable knowing that. I was not aware,” one parent who did not want to be identified said.

But others at the field said Anderson is a changed man.

“He's, I would say, a positive role model,” one parent said.

WHAS11 tried to talk to the director of the league for an interview.

The director canceled the interview at the last minute and a statement was issued by the league's attorney.

It read in part...."Babe Ruth League accesses national and state sex offender registries. The coach in question passed those searches."

It also stated, "Once the criminal history was brought to the attention of the league, the Youth League Board accepted the resignation of Mr. Anderson."

The director of the league said Anderson resigned the day WHAS11 called him about the matter. The director is also Anderson's brother, who said he was aware of the criminal case.

“Hopefully this will make every future president and board member aware they need to follow the guidelines regardless if its family or friends,” Hall said.

In a text message the director told WHAS11 "we have followed the required guidelines of Babe Ruth." Babe Ruth, Inc. is the governing body of several youth baseball programs.

According to the the league's website, "an individual who has been convicted or plead guilty to charges involving or against a minor, no matter when the offense occurred, must not be permitted to work or volunteer."

Up until last week Anderson was an assistant coach.

Anderson’s family said he recently graduated from Liberty University, a Christian school in North Carolina, and is now a pastor.

Anderson never returned phone calls for this story.
 

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