According to Bakersfield a pro hockey trainer was arrested and fired from his position with the Bakersfield Condors Pro Hockey team at 1001 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
Just hours after his arrest on Sunday, October 9, 2022, Chad Drown, was fired from his position as head athletic trainer. Drown was part of a decoy operation led by the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Apparently, the sheriff's deputies posed as minors in order to catch predators. Drown was arrested for contacting a minor with intent to commit a sex act after he arranged to meet a minor and went to the arranged meeting place.
Drown was previously an assistant trainer with the Tucson Roadrunners before joining the Condors in 2018. He also served as a member of the advisory board for the sports medicine program at Kern High School District's Career and Technical Education Center. He is facing two felonies and one misdemeanor charge for contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson helps victims of sexual abuse within California. Bobby has years of experience filing lawsuits for sports sex abuse victims to seek financial compensation. He recently shared when victims sexually abused by an athletic trainer could file a lawsuit.
"Recently, sports teams have seen an uptick in sexual abuse allegations, such as the high-profile cases involving the US Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and the more recent US Women's Hockey League. While these allegations and reports help shed light on this problem, it is sad to see so many predators abusing their positions of trust and power to exploit players and children."
"Many times abuse in sports could have been prevented if the facility or team had not failed to uphold their duty of care. For example, a sports organization may be considered negligent if they did not conduct background checks on all coaches and staff. Additionally, they could be deemed liable if they ignored reports of inappropriate behavior. The sports team or facility can reduce the risk of preventable dangers by installing surveillance cameras. In cases involving safety negligence, sex abuse victims can learn more about their option to file a lawsuit by speaking with an experienced attorney."