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Youth Softball Coach Charged with Assaulting Player

Andy Berg

A youth softball coach in Michigan has been accused of having inappropriate contact with one of his players.

Steven Kunkle Jr., 47, faces two counts of criminal sexual conduct to the third degree, two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and one count of child sexual abuse.

The charges against Kunkel go back over a year.

“Things like this shouldn’t be happening to anyone, especially children” Michigan State Police Sgt. Andrew Adamczyk told Local 4.

As coach of Fitness Fastitch, Kunkel used technology to inappropriately communicate with at least one female athlete, which allowed police to bring in the department’s Computer Crimes Unit.

“We brought them in immediately. They are experts at what they do and they are the ones that bring a lot of this electronic information to light,” Adamczyk said.

Fitness Fastpitch has cut all ties with Kunkel.

MSP said in a press release that they are concerned there may be other victims.

“One of the other purposes of this press release was to make sure that if we’ve got anybody else that’s been affected by specifically Mr. Kunkel, they please reach out, and anyone with information regarding this please reach out and we will assist in any way we can,” Adamczyk said.

Kunkel was given $50,000 bond.

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