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Sexual abuse of a youth again alleged Coach on probation in earlier case


A 24-year-old coach in a Columbia youth baseball league who was charged last week with sexually abusing one of his players is on probation for a similar incident in Prince George's County.

Terry Kevin Ward was arrested by Howard County police Friday and charged with child abuse and a fourth-degree sexual offense for allegedly masturbating on a 14-year-old player with the Mets team of the Columbia Youth Baseball Association.

Ward, of the 5400 block of Cedar Lane, was released Saturday after he posted a $2,500 bond.

Ward was found guilty of child abuse and a third-degree sexual offense in Prince George's County in May 1990, according to charging documents. In November 1989, Ward was working as a counselor at the Boys Village of Maryland in Cheltenham when he entered a youth's room and forced a 12-year-old boy to touch him intimately.

He was fired and a Circuit Court judge gave him a five-year suspended sentence as well as five years of probation.

The police charge that Ward lured the Columbia youth into a desolate area of a Village of Long Reach baseball field for an afternoon practice session May 12.

RTC Ward has coached baseball for more than three years. Mark Lenes, president of the local baseball association, said he was shocked at the allegation.

"We've been running a quality program for 18 years," said Mr. Lenes.

The baseball association boasts more than 1,400 young baseball players and 400 managers and coaches. Lenes said Ward has been suspended from coaching and the association will be reviewing its hiring policy to avoid similar incidents.

Last year, Ward also coached a traveling team for the Columbia Basketball League. Robert Naranjo, travel team commissioner for the basketball league, said Ward has been a popular coach. "I thought he was a hard-working young man, very dedicated. And the kids liked him very much."

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