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PARKER - The youth baseball coach exposed in a 9Wants to Know investigation for raffling off prizes he didn't own is in trouble with the law.

Parker Police cited Kyle Dodd with "fraud and deception prohibited," a misdemeanor charge that could carry jail time.

9NEWS aired a story in May that showed Dodd having young players from the Parker Bears team sell raffle tickets for some prizes he did not own or have access to.

"If you are going to use kids to promote fraud and deceit, I think then you're going to have to own up to the consequences," Parker Police investigator Lt. Sam Realmuto said.

Dodd's lawyer, Malcom Seawell, defended his client in an email to 9NEWS late Monday.

"I can say that Mr. Dodd didn't defraud anyone and only acted in his capacity as a coach to help his players and families defray costs associated with their participation in youth baseball. Ultimately, the evidence will show that Mr. Dodd never gained anything for himself and only sought to help the kids he coached," said Seawell.

In the 9NEWS story, Dodd and some of his players sold raffle tickets outside the King Soopers at Jordan Road and Lincoln Avenue on April 14.

Dodd showed pictures of numerous prizes.

9Wants to Know discovered some of the prizes were for sale at Field of Dreams, a local sports memorabilia store, where the manager said he hadn't given anyone permission to raffle off the items.

9Wants to Know's investigation also discovered Dodd had stolen money from a kids' organization in 2003 and put false statements on his Regis Jesuit High School biography page, where he was on the football coaching staff.

Days after the story aired on 9NEWS, Dodd resigned from his position with the Regis Jesuit team and also resigned as coach of the Parker Bears.

About the same time, Parker Police told 9NEWS they launched an investigation into the issues raised in the 9Wants to Know investigation.

Dodd is scheduled to appear in court in Douglas County on March 12, 2013 at 9 a.m., according to Parker Police.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jace Larson? Call him at 303-871-1432 or e-mail him
jace.larson@9news.com

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