Friday, May 4, 2012

OHIO STATE RELEASES STATEMENT ABOUT SEX OFFENDER WAUGH

Charles Eric Waugh
The following is a press release issued by the Ohio State University Dept. of Athletics ...

— Statement from The Ohio State University Dept. of Athletics:

The issue surrounding the individual from Kentucky is being treated by the Department of Athletics as a student-athlete welfare issue. When the University became aware that this individual had been seen in pictures - taken in public places - with student-athletes, proactive precautions were taken and the Department of Athletics alerted more than 1,000 Ohio State student-athletes about this person. 

The email message also reminded them of the negative implications that can be realized through simple associations on social networking sites. This individual is not associated with Ohio State. He is not a booster. He has not engaged in any activities on behalf of the University. The Department of Athletics will continue to monitor this issue and it will remain proactive in its efforts with regard to precautions for its student-athletes. 

— Below is the email sent this week to alert Ohio State's Student-Athletes:

The University has become aware that an individual who is listed on Kentucky's sex offender registry has recently been seen in pictures with our student-athletes.  [A news article reported that he pleaded guilty to five counts of "possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor" and noted that the images were all of boys younger than 16.].  The individual's name is Charles Eric Waugh. We have reason to believe that he has a Twitter account under the name: BdubsTriviaGuru. This account has sent tweets to student-athletes and coaches.  We strongly recommend that you take the steps (see links below) to block his access to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. In addition, we've enclosed a photograph and a link to a news article regarding this individual.

As a reminder, the individuals who you associate with on social networking sites (i.e., Twitter, Facebook) can have negative implications on your reputation and the University. Please to
choose your "social media friends" carefully!

— You can follow Lee Hudnell on Twitter @LeeHudnell_TBT