October 1, 2013Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball Response to charges against a formervolunteer
The Board of the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth Baseball League is individually and as anorganization upset and shocked by the news that Marc Sabo, a volunteer directorand manager with the league, faces charges of possessing child pornography on hispersonal computer. These charges are based on activities that occurred during hisown personal and private time.These alleged activities did not involve CLBR property or equipment and did not expose any CLBR athletes, based on our knowledge of the ongoing investigation.The CLBR has a 53-year record of offering athletes a safe and nurturingenvironment to practice and polish their baseball skills and we will continue to be acommunity leader in developing future athletes.
While Marc Sabo’s private matter is played out in court, w
e have retained attorneyand former county prosecutor Bill Bligh to follow the case and we pledge to keepour stakeholders abreast of developments, if they are relevant to the activities andathletes in our league.Mr. Bligh has contacted law enforcement and we have no preliminary indication that
the photographs in question depict players or any local youth. During Marc’s tenure,
we have not been aware of complaints against him related to any of these charges.No one on our board had any knowledge or reports of inappropriate interactionsbetween Marc Sabo and athletes.
Immediately after being charged, the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth League revoked Marc’s
positions and he was barred from having contact with athletes and the league itself.Since its inception, the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth League has had long-standing andstrong policies to protect our athletes during games and practices, and we had noknowledge that those policies were violated.We comply with Babe Ruth League national standards on criminal and sex offenderbackground checks for anyone directly involved with players.