Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Case of Greg A. Eisenstein, Youth Coach - Freehold, NJ

Youth coach charged with sex offense
Asbury Press
January 23, 2007

HOWELL — A 35-year-old wrestling coach for a recreation program is facing charges of performing a sex act in front of an 11-year-old wrestler, police said.

Greg A. Eisenstein was arrested Sunday night at his home in Freehold Township, police said.
On Thursday evening, the Howell Predator Wrestling Club was using a local school's facilities for practice when Eisenstein took the boy to a secluded area of the school, exposed himself and performed a sex act, police said.

The boy reported the incident to his father after practice, said Capt. Steven Dreher.

The next day, the father called Ted Lindemann, president of the club, who is also a coach. Lindemann immediately called police, according to authorities. Police said the wrestling club has cooperated fully with law enforcement.

Eisenstein was charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and lewdness, police said. The assault charge stems from Eisenstein having a supervisory role with the child, police said.

The club is open to boys in grades 1-8 residing in portions of Howell, Manalapan, Freehold Township and Freehold.

It has approximately 135 youth members and 20 coaches, Harry Turner, a trustee and former president, said Monday.

Eisenstein had been a volunteer coach for the club for the past five years, Turner said.
Eisenstein does not have children who are club members, Turner said.

Howell has a township ordinance that requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks of adult volunteers working for youth sports organizations. Turner said the background program is administered by the township Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Police Department.

"We have policies in place designed for a coach never to be alone with an athlete," Turner said. "That's for the protection of the coaches and the athletes. I am not specifically aware of the circumstances of the day of this alleged incident, but a typical club practice will have as many as five adult coaches present."

Turner said when the club received the complaint Friday, Eisenstein was told he could not attend that day's practices.

Howell Detective Eric Rice and Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office handled the investigation.

Eisenstein was released from the Monmouth County Jail Monday on bail set at $110,000.
The wrestling club was founded more than 10 years ago and has sent a number of members on to wrestle as varsity members of local high school teams. Turner said the club typically places in the top three in the Jersey Shore Junior Wrestling League, runs off-season programs, and has hosted clinics featuring former Olympic wrestlers.


Blogger Nathan said...

I'm curious as to whether or not this predator underwent a background check prior to being given a position working so closely with youth.

January 31, 2007 12:37 PM  

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