May 23, 2018 10:21 PM
A Wisconsin high school soccer coach was arrested last week for inappropriate communication with a minor, according to an official with the school district.
In a letter to families and staff at Hudson High School, Superintendent Nick Oullette said the school's junior varsity girls soccer coach, Ben Schrock, 23, was arrested last Thursday.
Court records show Schrock has been charged in St. Croix County with exposing a child to harmful material and causing a child to view/listen to sexual activity. Both charges are felonies.
The district placed Schrock on administrative leave, banned him from district property and activities and told him not to contact any students, according to the letter.
"Providing a safe environment for our athletes/students and caring for your children are the most important responsibilities we have in the Hudson School District," Oullette said. "We take that duty very seriously."
According to the criminal complaint, on May 17, an officer was informed by the school's athletic director of an alleged incident regarding a student and staff member.
The officer met with a student who stated she had received inappropriate Snapchat photos from Schrock in April, allegedly of him in the nude.
The complaint states Schrock eventually acknowledged sending at least one inappropriate photo in which he was naked and in bed.
In the criminal complaint, the student claims that on the night of April 23 she "received about 20 messages in total." That included some of Schrock "in his underwear," and two were of him "in the nude".
In the complaint, it states that the next day the student confronted Schrock, asking him via text "what happened?"
He allegedly replied, "I really don't remember much about last night...I had a couple beers...Whatever might have happened, I apologise".
The complaint states Schrock later confessed to investigators that he did not consume alcohol that night. When asked if he knew about their age difference, he reportedly replied he "felt ashamed and hated himself".
Oullette said the district did a background check when Schrock was hired, and no red flags were raised.
The district is working with law enforcement to investigate the allegations. Schrock is due back in court on Friday.
This all comes a few months after former Hudson girls basketball coach Louis French was sentenced to 10 years in prison for using a computer to facilitate a sex crime with a 13-year-old.
Brett Hoffland and Anthony Brousseau
Updated: May 23, 2018 10:21 PM
Created: May 23, 2018 05:25 PM
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