Check Your Coach’s Background – You Might be Surpised

Many parents assume that their child’s coach has a clean criminal abuse and molestation background. A vast majority of coaches are honest and free of a questionable background. However the predator coaches depend on parents and athletic clubs to drop their guard when it comes to checking their background.

As has been reported, there are loopholes in the rules and regulations that govern the amateur athletics in the United States. For example, a coach that may have been banned by USA Gymnastics, the organization responsible for our Olympic team, can end up coaching at a non-USA Gymnastics club. Worse, the suspect coach can promote his club and his services by claiming that his athletes will have the right to participate in sanctioned USA Gymnastics events.

USA Gymnastics has a list of banned coaches, however that list is not easily obtainable nor does it name coaches that voluntarily left to avoid pending claims of abuse and molestation. Those claims will never find their way to a criminal background check and in many cases the coaches will not be listed in a banned list. Organizations hiring coaches must do more. At minimum they must do reference checks as well.

Athlete abuse Attorney Jonathan Little knows that coaching abuse and molestation can occur anywhere. If you are experiencing the emotional pain that comes from your child being victimized by their coach please contact Attorney Jonathan Little today for a free legal consultation. Mr. Little will investigate your claim.

Banned USA Gymnastics Coach Still Coaching in Michigan

It’s being reported that a former USA Gymnastics coach, banned from coaching in member gyms for life, is now coaching in Michigan. Convicted sex offender Paul Hagan is coaching gymnastics at Aerials and Baranis in Plainfield Township leading some to question Michigan sex offender registry laws. Hagan was convicted in 1994 of touching a 13-year-old gymnast’s breast. He served time in prison for the offense and has finished his parole. But he’s still required to register as a sex offender. But since Aerials and Baranis isn’t a member of USA Gymnastics, Hagan can still coach there. Wood TV 8 is reporting that USA Gymnastics is looking into its policies.

Attorney Jonathan Little is committed to helping families of children abused or molested by their coaches. If you suspect that your child has been the victim coaching abuse or molestation contact Jonathan Little today for a free legal consultation.