• Lake Co. parents want man accused of sending inappropriate messages to students banned from softball games


    LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Some Lake County parents are upset after a man they said sent inappropriate text messages to their children on a softball team is still attending games.

    Female students on the South Lake High Eagles softball team said they feel uncomfortable because the coach’s husband, Chris Alaniz, was accused of sending the inappropriate messages through Facebook to one of his wife’s players late last year.

    One of those messages said, “If I were a few years younger or older…” and another asks the girl what she’s done with boys and if she was really a virgin.

    The messages were from an internal affairs report from the police department.

    Parents told Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell they wanted to know why Alaniz is allowed to go to the games.

    “To our knowledge, no charges were filed,” said Lake County School’s spokesperson Chris Patton.

    Alaniz isn’t just the coach’s husband, he’s also a former Leesburg police officer.

    The police department launched an internal affairs investigation after a parent came forward and filed a complaint over the messages.

    Alaniz quit just days after the investigation started and no charges were filed.

    The school district said it banned Alaniz while the investigation was going on, but lifted the band when the investigation ended.

    District officials said there is now growing tension between parents at these games and it is asking them to keep the peace at the games for the sake of the players.

    “We’ve warned both sides [they] can’t continue to have this activity at the games,” Patton said.

    A spokesperson for the Leesburg Police Department told WFTV that even if Alaniz hadn’t resigned, he could have still been fired for conduct unbecoming of an officer.

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