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Background checks remain voluntary for volunteer coaches

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NILES, Ohio - A former Niles little league coach is indicted on two counts of gross sexual imposition.

James Mitchell Ingles Jr., 40, pleaded not guilty to the charges after his arrest July 17. The charges stem from an alleged incident involving a 9-year-old girl in February.

The Niles Little Red Dragons Executive Board fired Ingles the same day it learned of his charges.

Ingles passed background checks with the organization before he was hired two years ago.

"We look for anything from are they a doper, are they dope dealers, are they child molesters, are they involved in fraud," says Board President Mike Collins.

Currently, Ohio does not have a law that requires background checks for volunteers coaches and those who work with children in a similar capacity.

Collins says the league has had its own policy requiring checks for at least the last eight years.

Representative Bob Hagan co-sponsored a bill that would require thorough background checks be mandatory in the state.

The measure, Ohio House Bill 498, failed to pass during the last legislative session.

Hagan tells 21 News he would put his name behind another proposal again if such a measure is re-introduced in the future.

"Not having a law in place poses risk for danger," Hagan says.

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