Originally written May 05, 2012 on BeyondUSports:
Top OSU Recruit Changes Mind After Photo Posted with Sex Offender One of Ohio State’s top recruits, Alex Anzalone has decided not to attend Ohio State after a photo of him with a convicted sex offender was posted on the internet. Charles Waugh, a 31 year old Kentucky resident posed with Anzalone and two other high school players after the Ohio State spring game. Waugh then posted the photos on twitter and @ messaged a bunch of OSU players and recruits the photos. The whole ordeal freaked Anzalone out. Apparently Waugh pleaded guilty a few years ago to possessing kiddie porn. No wonder why the young man is feeling uneasy. The school recently released the following statement on the matter:
“The issue surrounding the individual from Kentucky is being treated by the Department of Athletics as a student-athlete welfare issue. When the University became aware that this individual had been seen in pictures — taken in public places — with student-athletes, proactive precautions were taken and the Department of Athletics alerted more than 1,000 Ohio State student-athletes about this person,” “The email message also reminded them of the negative implications that can be realized through simple associations on social networking sites. This individual is not associated with Ohio State. He is not a booster. He has not engaged in any activities on behalf of the University. The Department of Athletics will continue to monitor this issue and it will remain proactive in its efforts with regard to precautions for its student-athletes.”
This is indeed a strange story, but it does send some chills down your spine. After the Jerry Sandusky ordeal, it seems that people are more vigilant. You would think Charles Waugh would think twice about posting photos of minors after being a registered sex offender. Apparently not. BeyondU Sports BeyondU Sports - Best College Sports Blog Site
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