Milford mulls background checks for coaches

Community members are looking into a policy to require criminal background checks for people who want to volunteer to coach kids in Milford.

The city?s Recreation Department wants to prohibit people convicted of certain felonies from working with kids as volunteers, coaches and referees.

The push comes as a result of the case involving Robert Dulin, a former recreation league coach who had an affair with a then high school student he coached in basketball. He was sentenced Friday to serve 18 months in prison and must register with the state sex offender registry for ten years. However, the judge rejected a request prohibiting him from coaching young girls.

The city's recreation director says without a new written policy and possible background checks, they have no way of turning anyone away who wants to work with kids.

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