A high school swim coach in Indiana had sex with a teen girl he coached at public parks and in a hotel, where he recorded the illicit tryst, federal authorities said.
John C. Goelz, 29, of Carmel, remains in the custody of US Marshals after his arrest on Tuesday. Authorities learned of a possible relationship between Goelz and a 17-year-old girl he coached at the Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School’s swim team in June, US Attorney Josh Minkler announced Thursday.
Investigators captured screen shots of text messages exchanged between Goelz and the teen that indicated a physical relationship dating back to February. A search warrant was later obtained for Goelz’s home and his cellphone, revealing that Goelz and the girl had sex in public parks in Hamilton County, as well as Goelz’s home and a hotel in Anderson, Minkler said.
Goelz recorded the encounter with the teen at the hotel with his cellphone, where a video file of the rendezvous was found, federal authorities said.
“Protecting our youth from sexual predators will always remain a top priority of this office,” Minkler said in a statement. “Those we put trust in to supervise and coach our children cannot be allowed to take advantage of them and will face tough federal prosecution.”
Goelz worked as a volunteer assistant swim coach at the 5,000-student school since the 2015-16 season, a district spokeswoman told the Indianapolis Star. He is no longer affiliated with the school or the swim club, she said.
Chris Plumb, who coaches both teams, declined comment when reached by the newspaper. In a statement to parents, district and swim club officials said they were “shocked and deeply saddened” by Goelz’s arrest.
“We will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available and will continue to do all we can to keep our children safe,” the statement read. “We ask that you respect the privacy of the family involved during this difficult time.”
Capt. Andy Dietz of the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force said Goelz’s arrest “should serve as a warning” to people who prey upon children.
Goelz is scheduled to appear in federal court in Indianapolis on Monday for a detention hearing on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.
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