Ex-High School Coach Arrested For Sex Crimes 1-27-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Ex-High School Coach Arrested For Sex Crimes 1-27-2011

A former softball coach at Caro High School is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old student, authorities said.
Mick Gotwalt was arraigned Thursday on four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and eight counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Gotwalt resigned after a parent came forward with a "large number of electronic messages" sent to their child, according to a news release issued by the Caro Community School District.
The messages were exchanged between the coach and student back in November, authorities said.
The alleged crimes took place on school grounds, according to the news release.
"Unfortunately, in our county [it] seems to be a recurring theme,” said Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene. “It’s a tremendous concern. Individuals in a position of authority that take advantage of that position."
Reene said the relationship started out with text message exchanges, but over time, the nature of the relationship changed and things became physical. He said the alleged physical encounters took place between July and October.
Gotwalt is being held at the Tuscola County Jail with bail set at $1 million. He will face up to life in prison if convicted of any of the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, which involves penetration.
He will be back in court at the end of this month.
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