In 2015, Cooper City youth baseball coach David Solomon was reported, who was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault on two 11-year-old boys who played on his team. Facing 18 counts for his unthinkable actions, including sexual assault on a child under 12, lewd molestation and sex battery, Solomon opted for a plea deal, according to the Miami Herald. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Solomon was sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation.
The victims told police that Solomon would “play games” during rides home from practice and during sleepovers with Solomon’s son. He encouraged them not to reveal his inappropriate actions, as doing so would break “bro code”. Despite taking the deal, Solomon still claims he “did not harm anyone’s kids.”
This was not Solomon’s first run in with sexual misconduct. In 2000, he was accused of molesting several children in Miami, but the chargers were dropped. This allowed him to pass the background check needed to coach the Cooper City Optimist Club team.
Incidents such as this are a reminder that all allegations of sexual abuse must be thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and that employers — especially those whose employees interact with children. We must also be vigilant in the supervision and protection of our children at all times.