Peace order obtained against Hagerstown PONY League coach

April 30, 2012|By DON AINES |

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The mother of a 14-year-old boy obtained a peace order for her son against a Hagerstown PONY League baseball coach after telling a Washington County District Court judge Monday that the man made an inappropriate comment to the youth on April 15.

Judge Dana Moylan Wright granted the peace order against Russell Wayne Robinson Sr., 68, of Falling Waters, W.Va. The civil order states that Robinson shall not abuse or contact the boy, or go to his residence or school, court records show.

“I received the peace order,” Robinson said Monday afternoon in a telephone interview.

Robinson, who did not attend Monday’s hearing, said he was advised by an attorney not to comment, and he referred questions to Hagerstown PONY League President Jack Miller.

“We sat and met with her (the mother) and discussed the entire situation. We put an offer on the table of a four-game suspension and a year on probation (for Robinson), and she accepted,” Miller said.

That meeting, which included two other league officers, was held more than a week ago, he said.

Robinson is the coach of the Hagerstown PONY League’s Fraternal Order of Police team, Miller said.

The mother told Wright that her son had been on a team coached by Robinson, but last fall told him that he wanted to play in a different league this year. The mother alleged to Wright that Robinson harassed and made derogatory remarks to the mother and the boy on several occasions.

On April 15, the boy was a spectator at a game when, the mother told Wright, Robinson put his arm around the boy and made the inappropriate comment.

Wright, in granting the final civil order, found there was evidence of harassment by Robinson.

The mother received an interim peace order April 21, followed by a temporary order April 24. Wright told her the final order granted Monday is for six months and can be extended.

After the hearing, the mother said she reported the incident to a Hagerstown police officer April 21, but no criminal charges were filed.

Police Chief Arthur Smith said a detective has been asked to look into the mother’s allegation.

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