University Baseball trainer arrested over “illicit conversations online”

Jason Castleman, 33, of Roswell, Georgia. [Image credit: LinkedIn]

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33-year-old Jason Castleman believed he was speaking with a child when he not only solicited the person at the other end of the computer to commit an illegal act, but also furnished the person with obscene material according to Roswell Police.

 

Until his arrest on February 18, Castleman had been a trainer with the University of Georgia Atlanta's Baseball team. He had been hired with the organization in September, but has already been removed from the organization's website and fired from his position.

 

"We learned of the charges against this individual on Thursday, 2.18.21, and immediately terminated his employment with the university," a spokesperson with the athletics department told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Because it is an ongoing legal matter, we have no further comment."

 

On Saturday, he made his first appearance in court. The charges against him are use of a computer service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child to commit an illegal act; obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors, and solicitation of sodomy. Two of the charges are reported to be felonies and each charge carries a bond of $50,000.

 

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, law enforcement has not disclosed any information related to how the investigation began or how the determination was made to file these specific charges.

 

Roswell Police simply stated that they resulted from "illicit conversations online with an individual Castleman believed to be a minor."

 

He remains in custody at the Fulton County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bond.  Should he be released, the Judge has ordered that he not have any contact with anyone under the age of 18.

 

His next court date is not known at this time.

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