Just saw this story this morning about Carl Williamson. I knew Carl from Intramural Sports at UBC. He’s lost his teaching license for 20 years for repeated viewing of porn at work. Whether the other issues (using prostitutes and having inappropriate sexual thoughts about kids) factored into the decision to ban him from teaching is unclear.
What makes this a soccer issue is that Carl was a Y League coach for Abby in 2008 while this was going on and was likely involved in coaching other teams as well.
I don’t think Abby’s standards for checking on coaches is any more lax than everybody else’s. The reality is that paedophiles (and it should be noted that Williamson was not suspended for viewing child pornography) are drawn to work in areas where they have access to kids and can befriend them. Prime areas of concern to date have been teaching and the clergy. The link between predators and coaching was made more tactile with the revelations made by Theoren Fleury about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his junior hockey coach Graham James.
This is now the third person in the last year in the Lower Mainland that I’ve been made aware of that either has a dubious history working with kids or is under active investigation that may result in criminal charges. If I know three you can be certain there are many more out there.
What needs to be done to ensure that kids are able to play on soccer teams that are coached by people who have no other intentions other than to make them better players and better people?