A youth coach in Cranston arrested after police find bags of bath salts in his adult video shop. The coach has since resigned from his position at CLCF in Cranston.
CLCF leaders held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to replace Lonardo who's been involved with the league for 18 years. He not only coached boys football, but was ready to coach girls softball. Parents were disturbed to learn of the coach's extracurricular activities.
"Never would have thought, in a million years," said one CLCF parent.
Parents shocked to hear the news of CLCF coach Glen Lonardo, arrested for possession of the illegal drug bath salts.
Parents Vanessa Sclama and Jackie Kozusko say, "he was the president of our league and as far as we knew he was a great guy, did a lot for the kids."
Lonardo coached football and was on deck to coach girls softball, until he was busted by police, prompting his resignation last week.
"It's disturbing to know that he was doing that being involved in such a program and with children," said Sclama.
West Warwick police were called to Lonardo's X–citement Adult Video and Smoke Shop for a report of a burglary. They ended up arresting 38–year–old Jeffrey Smith. It turns out Smith, wasn't trying to get his hands on adult videos, his sights were set on bags of bath salts police found inside the shop.
Rebecca Badway's son is on the wrestling team and she didn't know Lonardo.
She said, "I was shocked, something like this happening so close to home and around our kids."
She questions why CLCF would want a man who runs an adult entertainment store, coaching girls softball.
"You just wonder," she smiled.
We spoke to the president of the Cranston League for Cranston's Future, Jim Dillon. He says Lonardo has already been replaced and that the organization does do background checks on all volunteers. Before this, Lonardo had no prior criminal history.
Lonardo's kids have been involved with CLCF. Some of the parents told us he has a younger daughter who was expected to play on the softball team.
48-year-old Lonardo was arraigned on felony drug charges and released on 25,000 dollars bail.