Harding boys coach Charles Clemons was arrested and charged with abandoning his 4-year-old child at their home in Trumbull to go to the gym Friday morning, the Connecticut Post reported on Monday.
According to the Post story, neighbors told Trumbull Police they found Clemons’ 4-year old son wandering the streets and complaining his house was on fire.
“We heard a house alarm going off for about five to 10 minutes … A little boy was there very agitated and saying his house was on fire. He had what appeared to be pajamas on and one sock and one barefoot,” police quoted a neighbor saying.
Clemons, the son of state Rep. Charles “Don” Clemons was charged with risk of injury to a minor. Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families were called to investigate and the child was given to a relative while Clemons was arrested, The Post reported.
Clemons did not comment to the Post on his arrest. His lawyer, Harold Rosnick, told the Post Clemons had taken responsibility for “his misdeed” and “should not be crucified for this human error.”
Clemons, a St. Joseph graduate who played for Vito Montelli, coached as an assistant at Central and St. Joseph before taking over for nine-time state championship coach Charlie Bentley at Harding in 2011. He has coached the Harding boys basketball program for three years.