A basketball coach at a popular training center in Crystal Lake has been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy he had been training.
Diamond J. Hood, 24, of the 2200 block of Shaun Drive in Mundelein, has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim between 13-17, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim at least 5 years younger, traveling to meet a minor and sexual exploitation by exposing organs.
Court records show that Hood, who was previously employed by Pure Sweat Basketball Crystal Lake, picked up a 16-year-old boy in Crystal Lake and drove back to Mundelein.
Hood exposed himself and masturbated in front of the boy before making skin to skin contact with the boy, court records show. Hood was arrested on Friday by the Mundelein Police Department and is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Pure Sweat Basketball COO Rich Czeslawski sent an email to parents and players on Monday letting them know that Hood had been fired as a contractor of the company.
“We recognize that Mr. Hood is entitled to defend himself against these charges. That said, Pure Sweat puts the safety of the children in our program first. Therefore, we have terminated his Contractor Agreement, effective immediately. He no longer has access to the Pure Sweat Facility, nor has any affiliation with us,” Czeslawski said.
“I want to assure all of our participating athletes and families that every coach associated with Pure Sweat is subject to a comprehensive vetting process before they are permitted to be part of our program,” Czeslawski said.
“As with all our coaches, Mr. Hood was subject to an industry-standard background check, as well as comprehensive reference checks and absolutely nothing turned up that would cause concern. Further, we have cameras in the facility in order to monitor activities,” he added.
“The safety of all the players we serve is of the utmost importance to all of us at Pure Sweat. We take our responsibility to our program participants very seriously, and we will do everything we can to continue to deserve the trust that our families and our community have placed in us.”
Hood appeared in court Wednesday morning for a status of attorney hearing.