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UPDATE: Catoosa Co. grand jury indicts North Georgia softball coach

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UPDATE: Channel 3 has learned a Catoosa County grand jury has indicted Robert Alexander on 2 counts of child molestation, 1 count aggravated sexual battery and 1 count aggravated child molestation.  The grand jury handed down the indictment Wednesday.

Alexander tells Channel 3 he learned of the indictment Thursday and he maintains his innocence. 

Alexander is scheduled to be in court April 28. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Some local softball parents are upset an accused child molester is coaching children. They took to social media voicing those concerns this week. It turns out he may not be breaking any laws. In fact, Channel 3 Eyewitness News learned Wednesday, a judge gave him permission to stay on the field.

Concerned parents and grandparents are upset that accused child molester Robert Adams Alexander is allowed to be on the field as a youth softball coach.

"Anybody over children, a coach, a youth director, anybody that has allegations like that should be cleared up before they get to be around children," said neighbor Connie Blansit.

The 42 year-old coach is facing child molestation and aggravated sexual battery charges. Catoosa County deputies arrested him back in October after a woman claimed he had inappropriate sexual contact multiple times with her daughter. Alexander confirmed to Channel 3, he has been coaching a select softball team with girls ages 8 and under. He says the other coaches and parents involved are aware of the allegations against him and they support him.

According to court documents, Alexander can still be a youth softball coach if he chooses. The conditions of his pre-trail release state he must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet at all times, stay at least 500 feet from the alleged victim's home, school, and any sporting activities she may attend. If he obeys all conditions of his release the document states Alexander can keep his two jobs one as a youth softball coach, the other as an appliance repairman.

"I think he should be removed until he is cleared," said one neighbor.

Neighbors who don't want to be identified tell us while Alexander is innocent until proven guilty, they're disappointed in the court's ruling.

"It's definitely wrong what if he was guilty... there he is with those girls," said one neighbor. "Until you prove he is not guilty what makes you think he is ok?"

Alexander says he resigned as coach of the girls softball team this week. While he won't be out on the field acting as coach, he says he will still be involved in practice while he waits on his next day in court -- which could be as late as September.
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