EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – The city of Edmond has voted to terminate its contract with a sports league following a controversial hiring.
Edmond’s parents told KFOR they were furious after a local sports league allowed a man arrested in the past for sex crimes to be the head umpire at a weekend baseball tournament. end.
Levi Clark, who served as chief umpire for All Sports Edmond Incorporated earlier this month, was arrested last year for first-degree rape and sexual communication with a minor.
However, Clark has not been formally charged in the case. A representative from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office told KFOR that he was “aware of the situation [from this weekend] and he is under investigation,” adding that he was “not sure about the status of the investigation in the  charge.”
When KFOR contacted the Executive Director, we received this statement saying, “Please do your research on the case as there were never any changes and everything was dropped including bail…We are doing our research like OSSAA does where it normally calls high school games. This was caused by a parent of Edmond who likes to stir up trouble…”
KFOR reached out to clarify whether they intended to send “never any charges”, but received no response.
The aforementioned bond initially included a condition that Clark could not have any unsupervised contact with underage children, including family members. KFOR contacted the judge presiding over Clark’s case, and his office said bail conditions may still be in place, but when we contacted Clark’s lawyer for more information, he was not available.
District Attorney David Prater’s office told KFOR that bails can sometimes be dropped in response to no pending charges, but that doesn’t necessarily happen because they have actively refused to press charges.
Edmond officials last week said “EASI has recognized the issue and assured the city that the individual in question will no longer be employed.”
On Monday, Edmond City Council voted unanimously to terminate their contract with EASI.
The contract was not due to end until December 2022 before Monday’s decision.
“We have to start from scratch… As I spoke to the staff and I spoke to EASI, I spoke to the parents, our requirements have changed. There’s a certain level of quality youth sports that we need to have in this city,” Edmond Mayor Darrell Davis said.
EASI will now have the opportunity to respond to the termination.
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