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Michigan softball coach arrested for sexting teen player

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Source: Macomb County Sheriff Source: Macomb County Sheriff

A Michigan high school softball coach is facing two felonies after authorities found sexual messages he sent to a player on his team. 

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said they received a report May 12 about a male coach sending inappropriate sexual messages to a female player.

The report said the 15-year-old girl played softball and was part of a team group chat on a social messaging application. It also alleged the coach, 23-year-old Jared Harris of Fraser, began private messaging the girl about a month ago, making sexual comments and sending photos of himself.

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Investigators searched several social media accounts and ultimately charged Harris with one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes, a 4-year felony, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a 10-year felony.

Harris was removed from Anchor Bay High School where he coached JV Softball at the beginning of the investigation. He also was employed as a coach for the HITZ travel softball organization based in Chesterfield Township.

The following is a statement from Anchor Bay School District:

Jared Harris was briefly employed by the Anchor Bay School District as a JV softball coach.  Upon being contacted by the Macomb County Sherriff’s Department, Mr. Harris was removed from his coaching position and is no longer affiliated with the Anchor Bay School District in any way.  We are not aware of any misconduct involving Mr. Harris and any Anchor Bay Students.  The Anchor Bay Athletic Department has been in contact with local law enforcement and will assist them in any way possible.  

Harris is out on a $100,000 bond (10%) and was ordered to house arrest by a judge. He’s also not allowed to use the internet or computer and cannot have contact with minors.

He’s scheduled back in court on June 11.

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