Registered sex offender arrested for coaching youth basketball team

CLAY COUNTY, Mo. - A registered sex offender is in trouble with the law again, after a wary grandparent discovered he was coaching a local youth sports team.

Darin Lance Mason, 46, was charged with being a sex offender serving as an athletic coach, manager or trainer on Tuesday, May 14.

According to Clay County officials, Mason coached the KC Puma's boys basketball team, with players in the sixth and seventh grade. Bill Shull, the grandfather of one of the players, discovered Mason was a sex offender and alerted authorities to his involvement with the team.

"I did not know the coach, and I asked someone (at a game) who he was, and for some reason the name just rang a bell," Shull said. "Generally we try to be cautious of who's coaching around our children and grandchildren, so I came back and Googled it."

Shull, an attorney in Liberty, said he was appalled when he found out about Mason's past.

"I don't have any reason to believe he had done anything (to any players), but the mere fact he was in close proximity to not only my grandson, but a lot of other children, raised some red flags for me," he said.

Mason registered as a sex offender in Platte County after a March 2000 incident, in which he was accused of second-degree statutory sodomy and second-degree statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl.

While he was put on probation and had to register as a result of the incident, Mason never served any jail time.

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