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December 14 - 17, 2003
In a dark side of the growing world of girls sports, 159 coaches have been reprimanded or fired for sexual misconduct in the past decade. And 98 continued to coach or teach — as schools, the state and even some parents looked the other way.

Coaches continue working after being caught for sexual misconduct
Randy Sheriff
The bond between athlete and coach can be powerful, and the one between the 15-year-old Port Townsend girl and a 34-year-old basketball coach was especially strong. [Dec. 14, 2003]

· Teachers union, district joined forces to block records
· Solutions: How parents can spot trouble before it's too late
· Record book: Other cases of the system failing

PDF An excerpt of a letter written by coach Randy Sheriff:
Letter from Randy Sheriff

 Randy Deming
Randy Deming was a highly successful wrestling coach.
Misconduct often goes unpunished by school districts
When a friend told coach Stu Gorski in 1995 that Mount Adams School District had hired "a phenomenal wrestling coach," Gorski froze. "Tell me you didn't hire Randy Deming," he pleaded. [Dec. 15, 2003]

· Solutions: What school districts can do
· Record book: Other cases of coaches hired despite past

 Gary Millard
Gary Millard continues teaching and coaching.
State failing to weed out unfit coaches
When Randy Hammack, the Tahoma High School boys basketball coach, stepped outside his apartment with a star player on the girls basketball team, he didn't know an investigator for the district was lurking nearby with a camera. [Dec. 16, 2003]

· Solutions: Misconduct registry, more training needed
· Record book: Other cases of dropped investigations

 Natalie Duryea and Devon Crosby-Helms
Natalie Duryea, left, and Devon Crosby-Helms told of abuse.
Unregulated world of private coaching ripe for exploitation
Every year during basketball season, the stories would come out, passed in the bleachers from parent to parent: Coach Tony Giles molested his players. [Dec. 17, 2003]

· Solutions: Record checks help; vigilance is better
· Record book: Other cases of club coach misconduct

This database includes public records on many of the more than 150 coaches who were reviewed for this series.

By school district

By coach name

Legislators, districts and readers reacted to the series:
·Former wrestling coach loses teaching certificate
·Predatory teachers, coaches face tighter scrutiny in new laws
·House OKs three bills on sex abuse in schools
·Senate panel hears victim's story
·Felons found coaching amateur youth sports
·Four accused coaches could lose positions
·Bellevue district's role
·Overwhelming response to coaches series

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Answers to your questions

"Did you come across any instances of allegations that were later proven false?
- Rick, Federal Way

Your thoughts on the series

"The comment that charm is the perpetrator's best weapon is so accurate. We know; we have been there, and it is just like a riptide when it hits.
- Carol Masterson, Yakima

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