Parents outraged after sex offender pitches to young girls

William Ide (Source: Electronic Sex Offender Registration)
William Ide (Source: Electronic Sex Offender Registration)

WILMINGTON, OH (FOX19) - Parents in Wilmington are upset after finding out the man pitching to their young girls during a softball game was a Tier II Sex Offender.

Parents say that when they realized that William Ide was pitching to their kids during practice and during a game, they confronted him about it.

"I actually pulled [Ide] to the side and he admitted it to me," said Eric Dodge, a concerned parent. "So then I told the coach that I did not want him pitching to the girls, she had a problem with that."

The coach allegedly said that the Park and City said it was OK for Ide to be pitching to the girls. When the parents called the City Mayor's office, they said that was not the case. The Wilmington City Mayor's Office says that Coach Ashley Clampton has been relieved of her coaching duties.

The incident has been turned over to the Wilmington Police Department, who will determine if Ide is in violation of any sex offender laws.

"This is about the girls, and their safety. Let's just go have fun, we don't need a predator on the field," said Dodge.

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