Former Putnam Little League president accused of sexual assault

PUTNAM — The former Putnam Little League president was arrested on sexual assault charges Monday.

Kyle Aldrich, 33, who resigned over the weekend, was charged with first-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault, and risk of injury to a minor.

The organization said Saturday in a statement posted on the website:

Dear Parents, Friends, Sponsors, and Affiliates of Putnam Little League,

The board would like to announce the immediate resignation of Kyle Aldrich, Putnam Little League President.  Reggie Fowler will be taking over as President effective immediately. As a board we assure you that the  safety of the children in this organization and the integrity of our mission is our utmost priority and supersedes all else.

Aldrich was arrested without incident near his home Friday just before 4:30 p.m. and taken to the Putnam Police Department.

He posted $150,000 bail and appeared in Danielson Superior Court on Monday.

The news of Aldrich’s arrest was the talk around Putnam on Tuesday.

“Pretty disappointing to hear that,” said Chad Kinnett, who grew up in Putnam. “I just know him around town. You know, local guy, small town so everybody knows each other.”

Michael Marino, who owns Marino’s Barber Shop, also grew up in town. “It’s really sad, honestly,” said Marino. “I mean, people have kids, everything like that. I played Little League as a kid.”

Madison Bates, who works at Turtles Taco Shop in Putnam, said she recognized Aldrich from her time as a cashier at Putnam Supermarket.

“Everyone’s like, sick to their stomach that it’s someone that so many people know and no one would expect it,” said Bates.

Aldrich is due back in court in May.