The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

August 29, 2013

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

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NORMAN —

Eric Stumps, another youth baseball coach from Tuttle, said he doesn’t know Casula outside of the baseball scene, but he seemed like a great guy and has always been nice during their encounters at the ballpark.

However, Stumps said he doesn’t believe Casula should be coaching right now because of the situation.

Ron Cartmill, president of the Moore Youth Baseball Association, said they are fully aware of the situation, but it is an internal matter and he is not allowed to comment on it.

A tournament bracket on the Moore Youth Baseball Association’s website shows that Casula’s team competed in a tournament Saturday in Moore and was the winner of its pool, 7U. The season lasts until the end of October.

Casula’s attorney, James Pasquali, said the charges against his client are “baseless.”

“The facts are going to play out in this case,” Pasquali said. “We’re going to have our day in court and he’s going to be vindicated.”

Pasquali said attorney Scott Adams also is representing Casula for this case.

“Obviously they’re in the middle of a nasty custody battle and he denies any and all allegations,” Adams said, regarding Casula’s son. “But, we look forward to our day in court.”

A preliminary hearing conference has been set for Casula at 1 p.m. Sept. 3 in Cleveland County District Court.

While there were some parents and members of the community who voiced concern to The Transcript about Casula continuing to coach, none would go on record about the matter.

The charge: Casula was charged with the felony after a 14-year-old girl told friends at a June birthday party he made her do sexually inappropriate things when she was younger, according to an affidavit filed with the charge.

The incidents allegedly occurred at Casula’s south Oklahoma City home in Cleveland County when the girl was about 10 years old, the affidavit said. She told police the lewd acts occurred five different times within the span of two weeks when she was in fourth grade in 2009.

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