Regis­tered sex of­fender al­lowed to coach Lit­tle League team in Vir­ginia for 2 years

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - LOCAL PERSPECTIVES -

VIR­GINIA BEACH — A regis­tered sex of­fender was al­lowed to coach a Lit­tle League team in Vir­ginia for the past two years.

A par­ent of an Arag­ona Pem­broke Lit­tle League player re­cently learned of 44-year-old Wil­liam Ghorm­ley’s sta­tus and no­ti­fied league lead­ers, who al­ready knew. League Pres­i­dent Carl Bush said Ghorm­ley posed no threat as his of­fenses didn’t in­volve a mi­nor.

But court records say the of­fenses in­volved two fe­male mi­nors, aged 12 and 13.

Bush said Ghorm­ley was fired and banned from the league last month when he learned the vic­tims were mi­nors.

Ghorm­ley said he never mis­led any­one about the vic­tims’ ages. It’s not il­le­gal for Ghorm­ley to coach chil­dren as his of­fenses hap­pened be­fore state laws be­gan re­strict­ing sex of­fender prox­im­ity to chil­dren in 2000.

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