Youth coach now faces new federal gun charges

October 12, 2007|By Matthew Dolan

A youth football coach accused of carrying a bag containing a gun to a game appeared in federal court yesterday on new charges he possessed the weapon illegally because he is a convicted felon.

Aaron McCown, 31, of Baltimore was ordered held in federal custody until a hearing scheduled for Monday in Greenbelt, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. He had originally been charged by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and other offenses.

According to federal charging documents, a referee ended a youth football game early because of inappropriate behavior by one of the teams and its coaches on Sept. 22 at a park in Montgomery County.

McCown, the coach of one of the teams, threatened the referee, witnesses told authorities. McCown was seen heading toward the parking lot and back to the field holding a black bag. When police arrived, witnesses said they saw McCown run back to the parking lot, place the bag in a pickup truck and leave.

Prosecutors said the owner of the truck consented to a search which revealed a black bag containing a .45-caliber pistol loaded with four rounds of ammunition.

Authorities argued in court papers that McCown is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a felony conviction in Baltimore City in June 2006 for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

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