ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Parents are concerned about the criminal background of a local little league president who has violent arrests dating back more than a decade.
Felix Chavez told KRQE News 13 his background has nothing to do with his role as the South Valley Little League President. Still, some parents disagree.
“I got a responsibility, I’ve got to take care of 600 kids,” Chavez explained.
As President of the South Valley Little League program, Chavez said he’s here to help kids learn baseball.
“Adults don’t like me, I can’t do anything about that,” said Chavez. “As long as the kids like being here, and they’re safe and they’re having a good time, that’s my concern.”
However, some parents are concerned about Chavez’s criminal background. Online court records show the 36-year-old has violent arrests dating back more than a decade.
“They don’t understand how he’s able to be a president of a little league with that kind of record,” a parent told KRQE News 13. The parent doesn’t want to be identified, but claims Chavez shouldn’t be around kids.
“He definitely has anger issues, he’s emotionally abusive to the boys,” the parent said.
KRQE News 13 asked Chavez about the accusations directly. He said he does not have anger issues and gives every child a fair shake.
Chavez also pointed out most of the charges against him were dismissed in court, including two child abuse cases in 2013, and a case last year when someone accused him of threatening them with a gun.
“Everything that I had to do to pass a background check I passed it,” Chavez said.
“Somebody made an accusation, police did their job, investigators did their job. It’s a false accusation,” Chavez added.
He said a board of 12 people elected him as president and trust him with the job.
“I am really impressed with him,” said Steven Mora, who coaches Junior Softball with the league. “I hope he stays.”
Mora said he’s known Chavez for about two years and claims Chavez has helped the league.
KRQE News 13 asked other parents if Chavez’s background bothers them.
“Everyone has a past, everyone has skeletons in their closet,” said Kathaleen Padilla, a little league parent. “So it’s all in how you handle yourself, and he handles himself very well,” she added.
Chavez insists despite his past, his bottom line is to help the league and the kids involved.
“I’m not here to please everybody, I’m here to make sure that the kids are taken care of, kids are number one priority to me,” Chavez told KRQE News 13.
The South Valley Little League said Chavez passed a background check. Board members said the Little League secretary sends all background checks to a third party for processing.
Chavez just started the season as little league president earlier this year. He used to coach club baseball.