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Volleyball Coach Indicted On Sex Charges With Teen
UPDATE--CENTERVILLE--A private volleyball coach has been indicted for having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl.
Joshua Fisher, 29, has been indicted on five felony counts of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of sexual imposition.
Police said Fisher used social media to convince the Centerville teen to meet up with him and engage in sexual activity.
Monday, Prosecutor Mat Heck said "As parents, we all expect that coaches and others that have access to young adults will be positive mentors. Sadly, this coach instead acted inappropriately and had a negative impact on this victim."
CENTERVILLE -- A Coach is supposed to be a mentor, now one is one's accused of seducing a 14-year-old Centerville girl. Joshua Fisher, 29, faces five counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual imposition. Besides being a private volleyball instructor, Fisher is also the junior varsity girls coach at Lakota East High School in West Chester.
The school sent home a letter with students Monday warning parents about the coach.
Centerville police began investigating Fisher last Thursday after friends of the 14-year-old girl came forward because they were concerned about the relationship.
"We just need to make sure it's impressed upon these people that it's inappropriate and it'll be dealt with harshly," said Centerville Police Officer John Davis.
Fisher is in the Montgomery County Jail and he isn't allowed any contact with students.
Police say this incident should serve as a stern reminder to parents about the importance of monitoring your child's social media accounts.
Centerville police arrested the volleyball coach Friday for having a sexual relationship with the teen. They say the two communicated and scheduled when to meet up through social media.
"You got predators out there that can take advantage. You don't know who your child is talking to," said Debbie Clark of Dayton.
The latest accused predator is Joshua Fisher. Centerville police say he used social media to convince a 14-year-old Centerville girl to meet up with him and engage in sexual activity.
According to investigators the intimate relationship started in September and the teenager's parents didn't know about. It was her friends that clued in the cops.
"Monitor their social media. I believe if the parents had been doing that, they would have found it a little sooner," said Ofc. Davis.
"This kind of communication and process is something parents should do on a regular basis," said University of Dayton professor and social media expert Art Jipson. Jipson also believes parents should be friends with, or follow their kids on every social media site they belong to. Doing so allows parents to view anything their child posts or tweets. But even more importantly, they can monitor who they're friends with and who's following them. Jipson says a good rule of thumb, unless they're family, there should be no adult friends allowed, including teachers and coaches.
"We do need to take a more active screening approach. Who are they communicating with, what are they saying, and how are they saying it," Jipson said.
"I know children want their privacy, but as long as they're in your house you should be able to monitor what they're doing," said Melvin Clark of Dayton.
Experts also say asking for your child's password to social media sites can get a little tricky and can be viewed, especially by teens, as too intrusive. They say the best thing to do is talk to your kids about what's considered appropriate online conversation and what's not.
CENTERVILLE -- A private volleyball instructor at Centerville is locked up in Montgomery County Jail tonight.
Joshua Fisher, 29, was also a junior varsity volleyball coach at Lakota East High School. The school just sent home a letter with students warning parents about the coach.
Centerville Police say the investigation into Fisher began Thursday when the 14-year-old victim's friends came forward because they were concerned about the relationship between the teen and Fisher.
Fisher was arrested Friday after police say he met the 14-year-old through volleyball.
Investigators learned the two would communicate and arrange to meet up at various locations in Centerville through social media.
Lakota East told parents Fisher has been instructed to have no contact with any student. The school also said he passed a background check when he was hired last year.
Police say this should serve as a harsh reminder for all parents to keep a close watch on their kids' social media accounts.
"Make sure you know where your children are at all times. Follow up on what they tell you they're doing. Monitor their social media. I believe if the parents had been doing that they would have found it a little sooner," says Officer John Davis with the Centerville Police Department.
Police say the sexual relationship between Fisher and the teen wasn't forcible, but the 14-year-old is still too young to consent.
Fisher is now facing five counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual imposition.
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