Can a registered sex offender coach children in Kansas? That question popped up after a concerned parent emailed FactFinder 12 about a registered sex offender coaching a youth sports team.
Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said there is no criminal law in Kansas that prevents a convicted sex offender from coaching in youth sports. With the coach not doing anything illegal by coaching, 12 News is not naming him nor the team.
Bennett did say, “There may be conditions of parole or probation that prohibit ‘unsupervised conduct’ or require a convicted offender to not reside within a certain distance from a school.” But “Once the term of probation has been served, that condition no longer applies.”
Personal protection expert and former Miami Police Detective Joe Schillaci said youth sports are a way in which sex offenders can find victims.