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Girls softball board member loses re-election bid after criminal past is revealed

NEW PORT RICHEY — A member of the board of the West Pasco Girls Fastpitch Softball Association has lost his seat following the revelation of his criminal past.

Parnell Sitton, 60, was responsible for maintaining records, organizing players and running background checks on all volunteers.

But his own criminal record includes 13 arrests, a burglary conviction, and five years probation for cocaine trafficking between 1980 and 1993.

Sitton was permitted to join the board, whose president, Jim Garland, said he was aware of Sitton's past. But this election cycle, his criminal history was reported in a string of anonymous letters to league parents and the St. Petersburg Times.

The voting ended and the ballots were counted Monday at the league's field on Seven Springs Road in New Port Richey. Sitton left that evening angry, saying he did not yet know the results of the election. Garland declined to comment.

The returns were announced at the season's closing ceremony Wednesday.

Reached by phone Thursday, Sitton declined to comment.

Isaac Arnsdorf can be reached at iarnsdorf@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6232.

Girls softball board member loses re-election bid after criminal past is revealed 06/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:30pm]
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