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Police bust sex offenders coaching local youth sports

Philip Plattenberger (left) and Scott Eyrich

Philip Plattenberger (left) and Scott Eyrich

Police said two men previously registered as sex offenders have been coaching area youth sports teams.

Philip Plattenberger, 39, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois was arrested Tuesday, November 20, 2012.  He is charged with being a child sex offender associated with a program exclusively directed towards children under 18. 

A statement from the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office says they investigated after receiving a tip that Plattenberger was coaching  youth baseball team in the Fulton, Illinois area. 

Plattenberger was also charged with being a sex offender present in a park.   He was a registered sex offender since he pleaded guilty to indecent solicitation of a child in 2001. 

Scott Eyrich, 38, of Morrison, Illinois was also arrested after the sheriff’s office got a tip that he was coaching youth football in Fulton.  Eyrich was charged with being a child sex offender associated with a program exclusively directed towards children under 18.

According to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, Eyrich was convicted in Michigan of attempting to sexually assault a seven-year-old child.     Eyrich was 30 years old at the time of the offense.

Both men were released after getting notices to appear in court. 

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