A Pennsylvania assistant high school basketball coach has been arrested on horrifically disturbing charges of allegedly “severely injuring” a one, two, and three-year-old child.
According to Harrisburg CBS affiliate WHP, among other sources, Bishop McDevitt assistant boys basketball coach Kenton Alston was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a child less than 6 years of age, endangering the welfare of children and harassment. Alston was still listed as an assistant coach for Bishop McDevitt after the incident, though a statement from the Catholic Diocese made it clear that Alston would no longer be allowed on campus during the investigation into his alleged abuse.
It is with great sadness that Bishop McDevitt High School has learned that serious charges related to the harming several young children have been filed against Kenneth Alston, who served as an assistant coach in the Varsity Boys Basketball program. The safety of all children is a priority and very important to us. We offer our prayers for the healing of those involved.
In keeping with Diocesan policy Mr. Alston will be immediately placed on administrative leave while the police continued their investigation.
A member of the coaching staff a Catholic school is held to the highest standards of personal conduct. Diocesan policy notes that actions which are criminal in nature or are deemed a risk to student safety may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
Alston is a former collegiate basketball player at Penn State Harrisburg, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice. He has not released a any comment about the charges that he currently faces.