The Columbia Youth Baseball Association is reviewing its hiring process after a coach with a prior sex offense conviction was charged with molesting a 14-year-old player nearly two weeks ago.
Association President Mark S. Lenes said the CYBA was unaware of the coach's prior record, and that future hiring may involve background checks on applicants.
Lenes said people interested in coaching or managing a team have always filed an application that asks only their name,
address and the position they want.
"Every year, we're short of coaches," he said.
Baseball coach Terry Kevin Ward, 24, was arrested and charged with child abuse and fourth-degree sexual abuse May 15. Police allege he lured one of his players into a desolate area of a Long Reach baseball field and masturbated on the youth, who was exercising on the ground.
Ward, who has been coach for three years, led the Mets team for the baseball association. Last season he also coached in the Columbia Basketball League.
Ward was released from the county detention center after he posted a $2,500 bond. He is serving a five-year probation sentence on similar charges stemming from a Prince George's County incident involving a 12-year-old juvenile.
Ward was a counselor at the Boys Village of Maryland, a state-run residential facility for juvenile offenders in Cheltenham, when he entered a youth's room and forced him to touch his penis, according to charging documents.
Ward was fired from the residential facility and found guilty of child abuse and a third-degree sexual offense. He received a suspended five-year jail term and five years probation, which would have ended May 1995.
Susan Kaskie, spokeswoman for the Division of Parole and Probation, said Ward violated his probation when he became a youth baseball coach. She said his officer was unaware that he was in a position that involved interaction with children and teen-agers.