GRANITE FALLS, N.C. – The baseball fields at the Granite Falls Recreation Department are busy with teams and tournaments, but parents on Wednesday said they'll watch their children there a little closer.
Dirk Walker Monseur, an assistant coach of a baseball team of kids between the ages of six and eight, is charged with violating the North Carolina Sex Offender's Registry.
"Stunned, I'm very stunned," said Jermaine James, whose son has played in the league for four years.
Caldwell County detectives arrested Monseur after receiving an anonymous tip.
"It does worry me to learn someone could be working so closely to my son knowing they're a child sex offender," said little league mother Amber Zaremba. She has lived in Granite Falls for most of her life. She said the league is considered a good one, with caring and loving coaches. "It's really shocking to hear."
Monseur, 34, is not accused of harming any children in Granite Falls. He was arrested and convicted in Florida in 2002 for committing a lewd and lascivious act against a child under the age of sixteen. He spent more than three years in prison for that conviction.
Monseur is registered on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry and offenders are "not allowed on the premises of any place intended for the use, care, or supervision of minors."
Parents at the ball fields Wednesday wondered whether anyone with the recreation department had checked the registry prior to allowing Monseur to coach.
"They don't really check into that when you sign up (to volunteer coach) as a parent," said Zaremba.
James is glad deputies have arrested Monseur and said the league needs only one thing now--more background checks.
NewsChannel 36 did call the Granite Falls Recreation Department but the calls were not returned.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Department is urging all parents to check the North Carolina Sex Offender web site.