BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Questions are looming after dozens of children's baseball diamond dreams are all but dashed and parents blame the volunteer coach.
"I trusted them. I didn't think I needed to worry about this coach in particular," said parent Sierra Jenkins.
Bossier Sheriff's office has stepped in to investigate the theft of thousands of dollars from the Haughton Little League program.
"My first reaction was just, 'Why?"said Jenkins. ”I trusted them, I didn't think I needed to worry about this coach in particular.”
She says she feels scammed after being told the man trusted to hold hundreds of her hard earned dollars has a criminal record, including prior theft charges. Now, she feels the coach has stolen from her and other families.
"We just wanted our kids to play ball, and they're the only ones that have it at 3-years-old,” said Jenkins.
She says she was told her son's Haughton little league coach, Robert Martin, was dismissed because he didn't pass the background check.
By the time that news reached the parents, they say it was too late.
"There were checks from businesses wrote out in his name,” said Jenkins
Each family says they paid hundreds to play, with checks totaling up to $3,000.
"Why did they let that happen? Why they didn't have a background check done first?" Jenkins wonders.
According to little league board director Steve Shankel, the coach has disconnected his phone, leading the league to file charges against him.
Bossier Parish detectives confirm they are investigating the case.