Jonathan Russell of Henderson County North Carolina has been charged with 4 counts of misdemeanor Assault On a Child Under 12 for allegedly pulling down the pants and the underwear of boys on the Little League baseball team he coaches and spanking them multiple times with his hand. That’s right, he spanked the bare bottoms of other parents’ kids.
Russell, who has a 9-year-old on the team, was subjected to a background check before assuming the position of coach and apparently nothing negative surfaced. Said Tom Albright, President of Henderson County’s Little League, “I was sort of, quite in shock when it was brought up to me… Immediately we heard the allegations and took appropriate actions to remove him from our program.”
The spankings allegedly happened at Russell’s home, which brings up an obscure North Carolina law. In the Tar Heel state, if someone else’s child is in your home you are allowed to spank them provided that the child’s parents did not specifically request that you do not spank them. Um, what? Hey North Carolina, it’s 2015.
Russell, who turned himself in to the Henderson County magistrate’s office is currently free on $4,000 bond.
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