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Former softball coach arrested on child sex abuse charges in Limestone Co.

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested an Ardmore man on multiple sex abuse charges.

Posted: Mar. 18, 2019 12:12 PM
Updated: Mar. 18, 2019 8:09 PM

The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says it has arrested an Ardmore man on multiple sex abuse charges.

Bradley Eugene Loggins, 38, of Ardmore was arrested Thursday on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and one count of sodomy 1st degree, said Stephen Young, office spokesman.

Loggins was released Saturday from the Limestone County Jail on $150,000 bond.

Young said that on March 8 the parents of three juvenile girls reported the possible abuse to deputies. The girls were taken to the Child Advocacy Center in Athens, where they were interviewed. After the interviews, two of the three girls disclosed sexual abuse by Loggins that had spanned a couple of years, Young said.

Investigator Kristin King obtained arrest warrants for Loggins, Young said, and he was arrested without incident. The investigation remains open, and additional charges may be filed.

According to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office, both victims were close to Loggins' family and spent a lot of time at his home.

“Absolutely infuriating to me. The words ‘mad’ or ‘infuriating’ have a whole new meaning," said one woman about the arrest.

That woman didn’t want to be identified, but she is a softball mom and a softball coach, and that was her reaction after learning investigators arrested Bradley Loggins on child sexual abuse charges, involving multiple victims.

“There are no words for what you would want to do to somebody who has hurt your little girl," that mom said. "You look at all these little girls as your kids. And you want to take care of those kids, and I would do anything in my power to take care of those kids," she said, as a coach.

WAAY 31 learned Bradley Loggins coached an Ardmore 12-and-under team in 2013 and 2014.

The Limestone County Girls' Softball Association says it ran a background check on him before allowing him to coach and it came back clean.

We're still working to learn why and when he left the team, but one coach says the association takes the children’s safety very seriously, and their current coaches are the best around.

“Any time an adult is on the field, they have to have a background check. Not just if it’s in a game, but also if it’s in practice," the coach said. "The coaches that are here are good people. I know all of them and they really are good people. I would trust my kids with any of them.”

In the meantime, she is encouraging parents to be aware.

“You have to keep a really close eye out and talk to your kids," she said. "It just makes you put your guard up a little bit higher and keep it up high.”

That mom says she’s proud of the victims for coming forward and talking about what happened, because she believes it could prevent something like this from happening again.

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