College Makes Changes After Former Coach Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Catabwa College says requiring background checks is just one of the changes they’ve made to their procedures after letting a coach go in 1990 following allegations of sex abuse.

Catabwa College in North Carolina says it has made changes since it let a coach go in 1990 that was convicted on child sex abuse charges on April 7.

Ralph Wager is in Catabwa College’s hall of fame and coached for the school until 1990, when administrators heard allegations that he had inappropriate contact with a minor, according to Now Wager faces life in prison after being convicted of child sex abuse, and court documents allege some of his illegal sex acts happened at Wager’s office on campus.

College officials said in a statement that a lot has changed in the 25 years since Wager worked on campus. The school now requires background checks for all employees that work with minors. Officials also said the college has implemented “several changes in the way we train and sensitize our employees.”

The school is also connected to NCAlert, an ongoing criminal record screening program that will inform the college if any of its employees have been charged with an offense.

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