Brown to be sentenced today after pleading guilty in June to indecent liberties with a child
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Former South Middle School teacher and athletic coach Jason Brown will be facing sentencing this afternoon following his guilty plea last month on three counts of indecent liberties with a child. However, this past weekend, Brown was umpiring a softball tournament in Dodge City – involving the same age group of young girls he pleaded guilty to violating prior to his Jan. 14 arrest.
Brown’s arrest came after his resignation from USD No. 480, also on Jan. 14. His arrest was a result of accusations of two alleged incidents of “lewd and fondling or touching of a child” less than 14 years old in October and November of 2009 and another alleged incident in December 2009 with the same child, who had turned 14 by that time.
Laurie Love, a concerned parent of a 14-year-old girl on the NAFA Fast Pitch League, said her child, also a South Middle School student, was extremely upset by the alleged incidents.
“My daughter absolutely loved him,” Love said. “She went from being an average math student to an above average math student. He was all she would talk about.
“After the allegations, right after Christmas break, she was devastated,” she continued. “She cried, she was very hurt and disappointed.”
Love was clearly enraged when she realized Brown was umpiring her daughter’s tournament softball game in Dodge City on Saturday.
“I was angry,” she said. “The girls on the softball team were very uncomfortable when they realized he was umpiring their game. I understand he needs a job and needs to reincorporate himself into society, but he needs to be working nowhere around children – especially teenage girls.
“He was a very good umpire, very fair, but should have umpired an adult league – not teenage girls,” she added. “I just wonder what it would have been like if it were one of the girls in question that would have been up there – not knowing he was going to be up there.”
Love also had heard Brown was umpiring teenage boys baseball in Dodge City back in June.
Southwest Sports Association Director Ed Kimminau in Dodge City was unaware that Brown faced, and ultimately pleaded guilty, to such charges.
Kimminau, whose organization is in charge of hiring umpires for such tournaments, said Brown was required to pass a background check. Brown gave the SSA a Larned address on his application, according to Kimminau.
“This is the guy you are talking about?” Kimminau asked in shock when the Daily Leader alerted him of the situation. “I am so glad you let us know. I will get on it right away.”
At 2:30 p.m. today, Brown will be sentenced for his actions in Seward County District Court.