On the baseball field, young Matt and Mark Smith played the game they loved and at the same time suffered years of sexual abuse from their coach.
"At 34 years old I was ready to do it, I wasn't ready at 28," Mark Smith told the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday.
It wasn't until Mark Smith was coaching his own son's little league team when he saw his alleged abuser out on the same field he played on as a kid, still coaching first base. It was then he knew he had to step forward.
"I left the ball field and called the (Texarkana) chief of police and told him I needed to give him a statement," Smith says.
Smith was too late coming forward, as the statute of limitations had run its course, but his statement still led to the arrest and guilty plea of 61-year-old Richard Roberts after detectives realized he had taken one of his Texarkana victims across state lines for sex.
"Had we not been able to prosecute him under federal law, Richard Roberts could have packed his things in a U-Haul, he could have moved to Foreman, he could have moved to your district and signed up to coach a baseball team," Matt Smith told the committee.
Senator Jimmy Hickey from Texarkana, where this scandal occurred, calls his bill "common sense legislation" to protect victims of child sex abuse.
The Senate is expected to vote on the measure by the end of the week.