Youth Coach with Pending Charges of Possession of Child Pornography Caught Coaching Again
Two years ago, Anthony Bartlett of Georgia was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. While the trial is set for June as the investigation comes to a close, Bartlett remains out on bail. According to WSB-TV2 Atlanta, a concerned parent from Spalding County, where Bartlett served as a girl’s softball coach at the time of his arrest, was shocked to learn that Bartlett was found coaching once more in nearby Henry County.
“I was mortified, and angry, and severely upset because he has been out on bail for over two years and no one has done anything about it,” said Spalding county parent and witness, Lauren McAuliffe.
According to Spalding County prosecutors, Bartlett’s case is still pending and there are no conditions to his bail. However, if a due diligent background check had been done on Bartlett, his pending criminal charges would have shown up and the league would have been alerted before he was allowed to coach.
Based on the National Recreation and Park Association Guidelines (NRPA), pending charges like Bartlett’s that involve a sex offense will automatically disqualify an applicant.
From the official NRPA Guidelines:
It is recommended that anyone who has been charged for any of the disqualifying offenses or for cases pending in court should not be permitted to volunteer until the official adjudication of the case.
At this time, it is not clear whether or not Bartlett underwent a background check prior to his being allowed to coach youth sports again in Henry County. A background check in Georgia should include a search through the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) as well as the national database.
When news of Bartlett’s pending child pornography charges reached the new softball team he was coaching in Henry County, Bartlett left the team and the league decided not to issue him a coaching badge.