Mar 2, 2016 4:56 PM

Do you really know who is coaching your kids? Tips to check a coach's background

CONCORD - Who is coaching your child? Do you really know the person?

The recent arrest of a Keene youth hockey coach, Henry Stebbins on charges of discussing sexual contact with a child online is just the latest in a string of cases.

Donald Levesque, assistant coach for the Concord Capitols, is facing aggravated felony sexual assault charges, while at the same time a Hooksett gymnastics coach, Cameron Beaton has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Parents, if you're concerned about the person coaching your child you can keep him or her safe by checking the coach's background. It's easy... here's how you do it:

First, check with the youth sports league, do they conduct background checks on the coaches? Most leagues will have a policy in place that is worth reading.

Secondly, You can do a bit of checking yourself with an online search for the coach. You may check the sex offender registry in your state if you'd like, and you can also file a freedom of information act request where you can ask for any reports of police responses to the coach's home at a certain period of time.

Thirdly, to protect your child make sure the organization has a policy that does not allow the adult to be alone with children. Talk to your kids about their coach and trust your instincts. If something seems off follow up on it.


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