Chad Curtis Arrested, Five Counts Of Sexual Misconduct
The former Major League outfielder, Chad Curtis, was charged with sexual misconduct as 2 teenage girls accused him of harassing and touching them while he was volunteering at a high school in Michigan. Curtis was briefly put in jail and was later released on $25,000 bail, 10% of the bond set by the judge at his prosecution Thursday afternoon.
While there was a total of six complaints, there was only sufficient evidence to use the charges of two victims. The charges vary from misdemeanors up to 15-year felony, of which one for criminal conduct in the third degree, two in the second degree and two in the fourth degree. Curtis claimed that he was only assisting and helping the girls with injuries when the supposed assaults took place, however the actions turned criminal as he started to touch the girls inappropriately. He went as far as kissing a girl in intimate areas, said prosecutor Tom Evans in an interview on 24 Hour News 8.
These actions did not serve the purpose of physical rehabilitation; the victims were young vulnerable teenagers who had put their trust in their trainer. One of the girls, whose name has been withheld, said Curtis often flirted with the female students; her parents’ concern was raised as Curtis supposedly assisted her with a medical condition. They had assumed that Curtis was a trainer of the school; they did not know that he was a volunteer.
The girls’ families also claimed that the victims had been teased at school and that one of them was apparently reprimanded by Curtis’ wife. Many people on the community are on the other hand supporting Curtis, refusing to believe that these allegations are true or that he is capable of such actions. The family blame his popularity as a former Major League Baseball star for the way they are reacting, but they trust the prosecution will not respond the same way. Curtis, who played for the Yankees and Angels for 10 years of a big league career that ended in 2001, is strongly denying the allegations.
Parents claim it is shameful how some people blame the young victims against grown adults who should really know better, especially on the ground that the accused is a star. It looks like people of that stature seem to think that they can get away with everything. Tom Evans, prosecutor, adds that while nobody is denying that Curtis has done exceptional things in his life, this is a matter that has nothing to do with his career; this is just about what happened to the girls.
Curtis left in his car, with his wife at his side. His bond condition forbids him to have any kind of contact with minors of age, apart from his own children. There is a preliminary exam set on June 6. Defense Lawyer David Dodge Sr. said that there was nothing he could add at this point, except that Curtis was denying all criminal wrongdoing and charges.
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