Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau says Catholic high school soccer coach no longer employed

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau says the boys and girls soccer coach at Springfield Catholic High School is no longer employed following an investigation into a code of conduct complaint.

The diocese says someone reported an incident to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline last spring. Executives began investigating after the tip. They never specified what the incident was. Hines has never faced any criminal charges.

The school hired Mike Hines in August 2015. In addition to his duties as a football head coach, Hines taught physical education at Immaculate Conception Catholic School.

The diocese released this statement to KY3 News:

On May 16, 2022, in accordance with the environmental safety policy and procedures of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and with the presumption of innocence, Michael Hines was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into a report of a possible violation of the diocesan code of conduct and environmental security policy and procedures. In accordance with diocesan policy and procedures, the incident was reported to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and a confidential TIPS report was filed through the online diocesan reporting portal “TIPS “. With the investigation process now complete and on the recommendation of the Diocesan Environmental Safety Review Committee, Michael Hines is no longer employed by Springfield Catholic Schools. Hines was hired on August 10, 2015 as a boys and girls soccer coach at Springfield Catholic High School. He also taught physical education at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Springfield. Environmental Safety Policies for the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, including the Diocesan Code of Conduct and the Diocesan Environmental Safety Policy and Procedures signed annually by all clergy, religious , employees and volunteers, are available on the diocesan website under “Child and Children”. Ministry of Youth Protection tab: www.dioscg.org. These documents outline very clear standards of behavior that the Diocese is morally, ethically, professionally and legally bound to uphold so that it can create and maintain a safe environment in which all people can thrive and grow in their faith, especially our young people. If you believe a child is in imminent danger of abuse, please call 911 immediately. Any suspected or known abuse of a minor should first be immediately reported to the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 800-392-3738 or 844-CAN-TELL. For suspected or known abuse of vulnerable or eligible adults, the Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline is 800-392-0210. Individuals wishing to document an incident at the Diocese may do so by contacting the Director of the Office of Child and Youth Welfare, (417) 866-0841, or [email protected]or through the Diocese’s confidential “TIPS” reporting web portal at www.dioscg.org.

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