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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Does MSHSL or Mn Hockey have such a list of banned coaches Reply with quote

The Washington Post: Some Olympic sports organizations keep lists of banned coaches confidential

Some Olympic sports organizations keep lists of banned coaches confidential
Various sports’ national governing bodies are inconsistent on whether to name publicly those disciplined for misconduct.


Some Olympic sports organizations keep lists of banned coaches confidential

USOC executive Rick Adams, second from left, told a Senate Judiciary Committee in March, ‘there needs to be consistency’ on sports’ governing bodies’ handling of banned coaches lists. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
By Will Hobson and Steven Rich November 24
USA Volleyball and USA Wrestling — the Olympic national governing bodies for their sports who oversee networks of coaches and clubs that work with hundreds of thousands of children across the country — maintain lists of adults banned from their organizations for activities including sexual misconduct but keep those lists confidential, officials confirmed.

With the issue of sex abuse in Olympic sports organizations highlighted by revelations of USA Gymnastics’ flawed sex-abuse prevention policies, The Washington Post sent survey questions about child protection to all 47 Olympic and Pan American national governing bodies earlier this year. In their responses, USA Volleyball and USA Wrestling both acknowledged they kept lists of adults banned for transgressions including sexual misconduct, but they do not make those lists public.

Other Olympic governing bodies — most prominently USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming — for years have published lists of adults they’ve banned for sexual misconduct, to help prevent them from joining other organizations that work with children.

USA Swimming, which has banned more than 120 coaches and officials for sexual misconduct, said it routinely gets phone calls from other organizations that work with children, checking about people on the banned list who have applied for jobs.

“If it’s information that we know, and it can make kids safer, then we feel like it’s important to publish it,” said Susan Woessner, director of SafeSport, USA Swimming’s abuse prevention program.

[Every six weeks for more than 36 years: When will sex abuse in Olympic sports end?]

Ten Olympic national governing bodies, commonly called “NGBs,” publish banned lists online — those for swimming and gymnastics, as well as USA Archery, USA Diving, USA Fencing, USA Judo, USA Taekwondo, USA Triathlon, USA Water Ski and U.S. Figure Skating.

There may be other Olympic governing bodies that also keep confidential banned lists. Out of 47 Olympic governing bodies, 17 declined to answer any of The Post’s questions, including USA Softball, U.S. Sailing and U.S. Rowing. Others answered in ways that avoided disclosing if they have banned lists, such as USA Track and Field, which repeatedly referred Post reporters to their approved coaches registry database, declining to answer follow-ups on if the organization maintains a banned list of coaches not in that database.

USA Volleyball officials declined an interview request and said in emails that they intend to publish their list eventually, declining to specify when. In a phone interview, USA Wrestling officials also said they plan to publish their list and declined to say when.

Les Gutches, USA Wrestling’s associate executive director of programs and strategy, said the organization’s leaders were gauging the risk of a lawsuit from a banned coach or official, among other considerations, as they discussed the possibility of publishing the list.

“It’s a tough one,” Gutches said. “Clearly, we want to make the safest environment possible for kids. . . . It’s something we would like to do, and are going do.”

Meeting a different standard
Entrusted by federal law with overseeing the elite ranks of their sports, including international competitions, the 47 Olympic and Pan American national governing bodies credential or certify coaches and clubs who, collectively, work with millions of children across the country. USA Volleyball has more than 330,000 members, according to its most recent annual report, which does not provide a breakdown by age group. USA Wrestling has about 200,000 members, according to Gutches, and most of them are under the age of 18.

[Documents: USOC alerted to sex-abuse problems long before taking action]

Both organizations, like many of their counterparts, are headquartered in Colorado Springs, but their membership programs extend their reach across the country. For USA Wrestling and USA Volleyball, these membership programs are both a way to raise money and to maintain quality control over the talent pipeline for future Olympians. For local coaches and clubs, these memberships provide a way to leverage the prestige of an association with an Olympic organization to attract students.

The practice of Olympic sports organizations keeping banned lists stems from a problem that long has vexed youth-serving organizations: The criminal justice system catches only a small percentage of adults who abuse children. Abuse victims often never come forward, and the ones who do often come forward years after their abuse, making allegations difficult to prove in criminal court.

As a result, child-protection experts have recommended youth-serving organizations go above and beyond law enforcement to keep potential abusers from working with children. For years, USA Gymnastics and USA Swimming periodically have hired private investigators to look into allegations of abuse raised against member coaches and officials. The investigators present evidence to volunteer disciplinary panels, who vote on whether to impose a suspension or ban, using an evidence standard lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” of criminal courts.

“In law enforcement, even if they do a really, really good job, they have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Victor Vieth, a former sex crimes prosecutor and founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center who has advised USA Swimming on its abuse prevention policies. “They have this really, really high bar to meet, and if you set the bar that high, you’re not going to protect very many children.”

In 1990, USA Gymnastics became the first Olympic sport governing body to publish a banned list, in its monthly newsletter. Before 2010, USA Swimming kept its list confidential. In response to a series of high-profile sex-abuse cases that year, USA Swimming officials decided to publish their banned list on its website.

That list revealed that a former national team director, Everett Uchiyama, had been banned confidentially years prior, after admitting an improper sexual relationship with a 14-year-old swimmer. The relationship didn’t result in a criminal charge because the victim didn’t come forward until after the statute of limitations had passed.

After accepting the ban, Uchiyama moved on to a job as aquatics director at a local country club in Colorado Springs. After USA Swimming published the banned list, Uchiyama resigned from the country club. Club management said at the time they knew nothing of the allegations against Uchiyama.

“I’ve seen many a situation where a coach . . . once they get banned, if it’s confidential, they’re free to move on and start their own club, or go work somewhere else with children,” said Robert Allard, a San Jose lawyer who has represented several abuse victims in lawsuits against USA Swimming and other Olympic national governing bodies.

“The only reason why an NGB would not want that information published is to protect its own hide . . . because it’s a black eye, it’s embarrassing, it’s an acknowledgement that abuse may have happened under their watch,” Allard added.

Banned lists are one measure in which some Olympic organizations are more aggressive than peer agencies. For example, schools have long struggled with how to handle information about teachers fired for abusive or sexually related acts that don’t result in an arrest. In education circles, there’s a commonly used phrase for when a school allows a teacher to resign after allegations of sexual misconduct and move on to another school: “passing the trash.” Several states have passed laws prohibiting the practice.

‘We need to do everything we can’
USA Wrestling’s Gutches said the organization has a disciplinary process similar to USA Swimming’s, and sometimes conducts its own investigations of adults suspected of abuse. Rather than publish that information, USA Wrestling flags banned member names in their internal database, Gutches said, so they are ineligible to purchase membership again.

In defending USA Wrestling’s decision not to publish its list, Gutches pointed out other Olympic organizations published their lists after well-publicized abuse cases.

“USA Wrestling has not really come up against such an issue,” he said.

While the size of USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics’ banned lists — both exceed 120 names — may give the impression those sports are more heavily afflicted with abuse than others, experts said those lists simply show aggressive child protection policies working.

“If you’re doing a good job . . . you should have a number of identified cases” of abuse, said Daniel Rhind, a senior psychology lecturer at Brunel University in London who researches child protection in sports. “That’s very hard for sports officials to get their heads around. They think zero cases is the goal. . . . I’d be more concerned about the sport with no identified cases, or a sport with only a few cases. . . . It’s highly unlikely, especially with a large organization, that they’re going to have no cases.”

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USA Wrestling declined to release any details about its list, such as the number of names, and how many have been banned for sexual misconduct. USA Volleyball deferred comment to its attorney, Steven Smith of the law firm Bryan Cave, who declined to answer questions.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has endorsed publicly the practice of publishing banned lists. It’s unclear if USOC officials have been aware that USA Volleyball and USA Wrestling still kept confidential lists.

“Banned lists are one of many tools we can use to keep predators away from athletes and help keep young children safe while they’re participating in sports,” USOC spokesman Mark Jones wrote in a statement. “We need to do everything we can to make all available information public and easy to find.”

In March, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about sex abuse in Olympic sports, USOC executive Rick Adams acknowledged the disparity between banned list policies at Olympic governing bodies has been a problem that likely has allowed adults unsafe to work with children to escape detection.

“One of the flaws in the existing system is . . . where there was vigilance [strong abuse prevention measures], the predators would simply avoid those situations, and they would simply move . . . between sports, between clubs,” Adams said. “The issue of banned lists is another area where there needs to be consistency.”

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Does anyone have an update on this? The article states both USA Hockey and Mn Hockey have banned him from all Minnesota Ice rinks. Is this enforceable?

Minn. youth hockey coach banned from state ice rinks, charged in sex case, now faces weapons accusations
By Tom Cherveny on Jul 7, 2017 at 3:41 p.m.

BENSON, Minn. — A Benson youth hockey coach facing felony charges for allegedly attempting to solicit a child for sex over the internet also now faces separate charges for weapons possession.

It was also reported this week that the Benson Hockey Association, Morris Hockey Association, and Morris-Benson Hockey Association issued a joint statement terminating Bradley Alsaker's employment and said that Minnesota and USA Hockey have banned him from all Minnesota ice facilities.

On the day he was charged in Swift County District Court in the internet case, agents with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Benson police officers executed a search warrant at the Benson home of the 33-year-old Alsaker.

According to allegations in a criminal complaint, they seized what they believe were three fragment grenades; five unknown explosive devices inside a military-style ammunition container; a loaded, Kimber .45-caliber handgun; a 5.56x.223 caliber AR-style rifle with a loaded magazine next to it; and a loaded Bersa .380 handgun with a loaded magazine next to it.

The weapons and explosive devices were believed to be unlocked and accessible, found in locations including a nightstand drawer, under clothing on top of a dresser, in a kitchen cabinet, and under clothing on a basement couch.

Alsaker is the custodian of two children under age 12 who live in the home and were home alone when Alsaker had been taken into custody on the internet solicitation charges.

The search led to the filing June 9 of a felony charge of possess ammunition/any firearm with a prior conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; and two gross misdemeanor charges for negligent storage of loaded firearms where children can access and endangerment of child by firearm access.

Alsaker has a prior adjudication of delinquency for second-degree assault, a crime of violence, the complaint states, which prevents him from legally possessing firearms.

He was charged in the internet case with two felony counts: soliciting for sexual conduct a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communications and engaging in electronic communications relating or describing sexual conduct with a child.

He allegedly sent text messages seeking sexual intercourse to a BCA agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Alsaker, besides serving as a hockey coach in Benson also was rink manager in Bensonb and was listed as a member of the Benson Hockey Association board on the organization's website..

According to court records, along with the juvenile second-degree assault charge, Alsaker has a 2008 conviction for domestic assault and a 2006 conviction for criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree, non-consensual contact.

He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 1 for a hearing to determine if probable cause exists for the charges in the two cases.

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State Board Failed to Report Teachers Accused of Sexual Misconduct

September 26, 2017 02:52 PM

Minnesota teachers accused of engaging in sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior with students have not been reported to law enforcement, according to a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation.

A review of public records and interviews with law enforcement revealed the Minnesota Board of Teaching failed to report at least 17 teachers accused of those allegations dating to the 1980s.

The board, which has the authority to suspend or revoke a teacher's license, does not consider itself a mandated reporter of allegations of sexual or inappropriate behavior involving teachers and students.

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The board stated it is "not aware of any legal obligation" to report disciplinary action related to such allegations to law enforcement.

Instead, the board has operated in a vacuum for decades in which it conducts internal investigations and determines what qualifies as criminal behavior.

"The specifics behind some of this conduct often may reflect unacceptable and unprofessional behavior and/or boundary violations, but do not constitute criminal conduct and law enforcement involvement," Alex Liuzzi, the board's interim executive director, said in a statement.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS compiled all of the Minnesota Board of Teaching stipulation agreements into a public database. The stipulations are public documents that detail all disciplinary actions taken against teachers dating back to the 1980s.

He declined multiple requests for an on-camera interview but added in the statement, "The Board has an obvious interest in ensuring that the teachers who have engaged in inappropriate or illegal conduct are appropriately disciplined when warranted."

Janet Reiter, the Chisago County Attorney, says that practice puts students at risk. She believes the board is not capable of making such determinations.

"What (the board) are investigating is criminal activity and the fact that it doesn't end up into (sic) the hands of our law enforcement agencies is astounding," Reiter said. "It's just simply unbelievable."

Reiter first learned of the board's failure to report allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior last year when her office launched an investigation against a former teacher in Rush City.

Jon Hughes, 57, was convicted earlier this month of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct while in a position of authority.

Investigators determined he repeatedly had sexual contact with a student at Rush City High School, where Hughes taught business and coached for nearly 20 years.

After he pleaded guilty, Hughes apologized to the former student during an interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

"I hope she realizes that I'm sorry and that she can heal," Hughes said.

That student reported Hughes to the sheriff's office in 2014 after decades of counseling, but it wasn't the first time she had stepped forward.

Investigators learned she earlier reported her relationship with Hughes to the board back in 2000, according to a criminal complaint.

Hughes signed a stipulation agreement with the board in 2001 in which he acknowledged he engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with the student.

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The board revoked Hughes' license but never shared the allegations with the sheriff's office.

In a statement, the board said its "practices did not involve sharing disciplinary action with law enforcement" at the time.

"This was eye-opening for our prosecutors and law enforcement," Reiter said. "This was something that was unprecedented."

The state Legislature passed a law earlier this year, after the Hughes case became public, which will require the board to notify law enforcement of such allegations -- but only if it takes disciplinary action. That means the board will continue to act as a gatekeeper in which its process determines which allegations should be investigated by law enforcement. That law will go into effect next year.

The board's disciplinary process, which occurs behind closed doors, takes at least 30 days and would essentially delay criminal investigations that often depend on immediate access to evidence.

Reiter says law enforcement should be notified within 24 hours.

"These cases must be investigated criminally so these people can be held accountable," she said.

The board's discipline of teachers is detailed in legal documents called stipulation agreements. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reviewed more than 800 of those files, which are stored at the board's office in Roseville.

That review identified roughly two dozen other teachers who were accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior who may have never been reported for criminal investigation.

However, in those instances, law enforcement did not retain records long enough to verify whether the allegations were ever reported by the Board of Teaching.

The stipulation agreements are considered public information, but the board only allows them to be reviewed in person or by requesting a specific document via mail.

Unlike other state boards, the Board of Teaching does not post the information online.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS compiled the stipulations into a database and map that allows users to search disciplinary actions taken by the board.

*Editor’s Note: This article originally stated 18 teachers were never reported to law enforcement. That number has been adjusted based on information not available at the time of publication.

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I would hope his membership in the MGHCA Hall of Fame has been revoked.
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