Feb 22, 2021
UGA Trainer Fired & Arrested for “Illicit Conversation” Accusation

A University of Georgia athletic trainer has been fired from the school and arrested for charges related to an obscene online interaction with someone he believed to be a child, according to Georgia police.

Jason Castleman appeared before a judge for the first time over the weekend, according to a report from 11Alive.com, on charges that include the following: obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors, and solicitation of sodomy. Two of the charges are felonies, according to the report.

Photo: West Midlands Police / Creative Commons

Roswell, GA police added that the charges stemmed from “illicit conversations online with an individual Castleman believed to be a minor.”

Castleman was an associate athletic trainer and was hired by Georgia in September 2020 and worked specifically with the baseball program, according to the Georgia Bulldogs staff directory — which has since been removed from the site.

“The Athletic Association learned of the charges against this individual Thursday 2.18.21 and immediately terminated his employment with the University. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment,” the UGA Athletic Association said in a statement to 11Alive over the weekend.

Roswell police said they were unable to release specific information about how those charges were reached until later in the week, according to 11Alive.com.

The Royal Oak, Michigan native previously worked as a member of the Central Michigan University Sports Medicine staff — primarily with their baseball and football teams and as an athletic trainer at Virginia Commonwealth University prior to that.

To read the full story from 11Alive.com on the Georgia athletic trainer being fired and arrested, click here

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