BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– A local high school basketball coach, accused of leaving his young son home alone, got a lot of support at a court appearance Wednesday.
Despite the allegations, several players who have called Charles Clemons Junior ‘coach’ were on hand for his arraignment in Bridgeport. Leaving the courtroom, Clemons wasn’t talking, letting his attorney deal with the media.
The 40-year-old arraigned Wednesday on a charge of risk of injury to a minor. Trumbull police say back on September 19th, Clemons left his four-year-old son ‘home alone’ while he went to the gym to work out. A neighbor reported seeing the boy wandering around, alerting police, and leading to the arrest.
In court Clemons got a strong show of support from several young men, who played basketball for him at Harding High School.
“He’s a good guy, he’s a good father, everybody slips up sometimes. Hopefully, everything works out well and he can come back and coach us again,” said TJ Killings, Bridgeport.
It’s unclear when or if that will ever happen. Clemons is currently on administrative leave from his coaching job. But these players say they intend to stand by their coach for the long haul.
“We’re like a family, he’s like a father figure to us. I’ve been with him four years. I’m a senior, I mean it’s not like he’s a bad guy, we want to support him in any way we can,” said Killings.
For now Clemons is free without bond awaiting his next court appearance.