08-01-2005, 09:15 PM #1Former Member
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Coach bribes boy to throw ball at autistic teammate
Boy testifies against coach
An 8-year-old boy who told authorities he was bribed by his coach to throw a baseball at an autistic teammate testified yesterday that after he hit the teammate in the groin, the coach ordered him "to go out there and hit him harder." Keith Reese told Uniontown District Justice Deberah Kula that his coach, Mark Downs Jr., 27, not only offered him $25 on June 27 to hurl a ball at his teammate's head before a playoff game, but also goaded him into throwing another ball when the first one did not get the boy to pull out of the game.
At the end of the hearing, Kula ordered Downs held for trial on two counts of criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault,corruption of minors, conspiracy to commit simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He will be arraigned Sept. 15.
Police have said Downs wanted to bench 9-year-old Harry Bowers Jr. because he is autistic and wasn't as good as the other players.
Downs, who did not testify, appeared to be calm and subdued as Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon brought up four witnesses who all claimed that Downs prodded Reese into throwing the ball.
Reese, one of the team's star players, testified that after he hit Bowers twice with a baseball as they played catch before a game, the coach altered the bribe.
As the team gathered for ice cream to celebrate after the game, Reese testified, Downs told him he would get $25 if he joined a fall league team. No money exchanged hands, Reese said.
Reese's father, Keith Reese Sr., said Downs confessed as he helped him with equipment after the game.
"He told me, 'I did something ignorant. I asked [Keith] to hit Harry with the ball.' "
10-13-2006, 11:35 AM #2Former Member
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Coach gets prison time for ...
paying kids to assault boy.
A youth baseball coach convicted of offering an 8-year-old money to bean an autistic teammate so he couldn't play was sentenced Thursday to one to six years in prison.
And I hope that he serves the full six years and every day of those six years is spent kicking himself in the ass for being so inhumane
10-13-2006, 12:32 PM #3
Something is truly wrong with this idiot! He should never be allowed around children again!______________________________
10-13-2006, 02:31 PM #4A thing which thinks.
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Wow, I'm suprised he got prison time! I was expecting he'd end up with community service. The poor bastard is gonna get eaten up in prison - a well deserved fate in my opinion.Rest in peace little Marcus.
Where is Jaycee Lee Dugard?
10-13-2006, 02:33 PM #5Originally Posted by KrisNineI do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!
10-13-2006, 02:36 PM #6
Good for Judge Warman!Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~ Mark Twain
10-13-2006, 05:33 PM #7Originally Posted by southcitymom
Kind of OT, but reminds me of when I was a kid. There was a man down the street that coached his kids little league. One day the son was sitting out in front of the house when my mom and I drove by. There were a ton of cars in front of the house and my mom asked him if they were having a party. The kid said that they were but he had to sit outside until they were done with the cake and ice cream because he didn't do very well at the game and couldn't have any. It was so sad All the other little boys were there and he, his own son, was outside. Some people! My mom was so sad______________________________
10-13-2006, 07:00 PM #8Registered User
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Glad he got prison time---what a lowlife