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Crime/Courts

August 29, 2013

Judgment held off on youth baseball coach charged with lewd act with child

NORMAN — After an Oklahoma City youth baseball coach was charged with a lewd act with a female child earlier this month, several people in the community said they are keeping an open mind until his courtroom judgment day comes.

Chad Eric Casula, 41, of Oklahoma City, was charged Aug. 19 in Cleveland County District Court with a lewd act with a child under the age of 16. According to court records, the now 14-year-old girl was about 10 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

Casula was booked into Cleveland County jail the same day he was charged and bonded out less than an hour after he was in custody. He bonded out on a $75,000 bond, court records show.

Casula’s youth baseball team plays out of Davis Ballpark in south Oklahoma City and is comprised of 6- and 7-year-old children. Adam Davis, owner of Davis Ballpark, said he has consulted the ballpark’s attorney and their stance is Casula is innocent until proven guilty. Davis said he’s also spoken to other ballparks and they’ve taken a similar stance on the matter.

“We’re still letting him come out here and coach,” Davis said. “In America, you’re innocent until proven guilty.”

Davis said everyone on the team has an idea of what’s going on and the parents on the team are continuing to let their children play on Casula’s team. Several parents of children on the team were contacted but declined to comment on the matter.

The coach of another youth baseball team, Dalbert Cannady, said he wouldn’t let his son play on Casula’s team, but at the same time, he’s keeping his judgment at bay until Casula is proven guilty or not guilty.

“I don’t feel like he should be at the ballpark,” Cannady said, adding, with that in mind, Casula hasn’t been convicted of the charge yet.

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