Coach Arrested For Sexual Assault

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

More than 2000 parents and other community members volunteer their time in some capacity every year for the Washoe County school district.
And another 150 lend their time as athletic coaches. But before they step foot in the classroom or on the playing field, they're asked to fill out a standard application.
Steve Mulvenon, Washoe County School Distict, "We want to know about their background, we want to know who they are, we want to know what their interest is." Steve Mulvenon, the District's Director of Communications, says that because coaches are more likely to have a one-on-one relationship with students, they're forced into a more rigorous background check. "We require all of our coaches, whether they're already on staff or someone we hire specifically to do the job, or whether in this case, it's a volunteer...to go through the full fingerprint, background check, both local and state and through the FBI system."
However, this high school cross county and track coach, James Marquez, didn't follow any of the standard application procedures.
"The paperwork wasn't done. The fingerprints weren't done. We have since done a background check on him and his record is clean. There's nothing that would have been a red flag anyhow." Nationwide, stories of sexual misconduct in the schools are nothing new.
Just last year, Reno man, Guy Mills, was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison for sexually assaulting a 13 year old boy on the baseball team he coached in Sparks.
Mulvenon says it's impossible to monitor all coach and athlete interactions, but admits the screening process could be tighter. "We've got to have an airtight, waterproof, fool proof system to make sure that we don't have someone out there with those kids that ought not to be there. That's why we're going to take some of the steps now to make sure we don't have a repeat."
For confidentiality reason, the name of the victim and the high school have not been released.


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