Here’s your sick story of the day.
A convicted child sex offender is being given a “lifetime achievement award” for his work in a Connecticut youth baseball league. Tom Barbero, 58, spent four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault of a minor. He is listed on Connecticut’s sex offender registry. Police say Barbero sexually assaulted at least three teenage boys in 1994 and 1995.
Nonetheless, the Torrington Board of Approved Baseball Umpires chose to honor Barbero who umpired Connecticut youth league games from 1970 to 1998. Worse, the umpires group says they KNEW of Barbero’s criminal past and sexual assaults on children. According to the Hartford Courant, board members said they knew about Barbero’s criminal record and chose to honor him anyway because his service and work as an umpire deserved recognition. Said a spokesman for the umpires group,
“Tommy was one of the greats. He really was.”
Court records say the victims Barbero sexually assaulted were young boys between the ages of 13 and 15. Barbero umpired Babe Ruth league baseball games. The ages of Babe Ruth league players in Connecticut is 13-15. Sick!
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