The former president of U.S.A. Softball, John Gouveia, was arrested in April and charged with a quantity of intercourse acts with minors.
Gouveia, 61, was arrested on April 14 for eight felony counts of lewd acts with a baby underneath 14. He was held on $250,000 bail, however organized for a bond and was launched the identical day, the Sacramento County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Office mentioned on Tuesday.
According to the charging paperwork, the eight counts confer with crimes dedicated between 2015 and 2021, with a number of youngsters underneath 14.
Gouveia’s lawyer, Jason R. Holley, declined to remark. Gouveia’s subsequent court docket date is Aug. 11.
Gouveia labored in a number of roles for the nationwide softball federation for practically 30 years, from 1991 to 2019, and had been the group’s president. The sheriff’s workplace mentioned the accusations in opposition to Gouveia weren’t related to U.S.A. Softball.
U.S.A. Softball mentioned in a statement on Tuesday evening that its officers didn’t have any impartial data of the allegations, and discovered about them via information reviews. The group added that it could report the allegations to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and to Sacramento County Child Protective Services.
“The alleged conduct is contrary to and not aligned with U.S.A. Softball’s mission and core values, which include developing and administering the sport while providing the best possible experience for all those involved with the game of softball,” the group mentioned within the assertion.
Gouveia additionally labored with the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District for 25 years, which manages dozens of parks in Hayward, Calif. He retired as its common supervisor in 2016, however the sheriff’s workplace mentioned the arrest was not related to the recreation heart.
The information comes as U.S. softball begins to compete within the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., starting Saturday.
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