UPDATE: Whitfield rec coach arrested for child molestation
A volunteer recreation coach in Whitfield County was arrested for allegations of child molestation.
William Clarence Keith, 73, is accused of forcing two minors to perform sexual acts on himself.
According to a police report, the victims' father was notified by another person that Keith was performing sexual acts on children.
When the father asked his children about the incident, the victims confirmed the allegations.
The report states the children were siblings and knew Keith through the Whitfield County Recreation Center. It goes on to say Keith would take them fishing, but would sometimes take them to a bridge to perform sexual acts.
Parks and Recreation Director, Bryan Chastain, says the entire community feels like they have been deceived for decades.
"Sick to your stomach that's what we feel,” Chastain said. "You know you're talking about a guy that has been coaching for over 40 years off and on."
Chastain says he felt safe around Keith.
"I'm going to be honest with you I played for this guy. I'm 52 years old. I played rec baseball for this man," he said. "The guy fooled us all basically."
Chastain says his team found out about Keith's arrest on Tuesday; 11 days after the incident was reported.
"We looked through the arrest reports to make sure any of our volunteers aren't in the system and when he popped up the first thing we did is we pulled up and looked at his background check. [He] had no arrests or no prior stuff that was on record I guess but just makes you wonder how long [it had been going on]," Chastain said.
Keith was arrested on August 30, 2019, and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation and an additional count of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.
Keith's court date is September 6, 2019.