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Lawyer: Student alleging sexual assault by TPS coach “dealing with a pregnancy”

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 4:14 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The law firm representing a Start High School student who has accused a coach of sexual assault is seeking other potential victims.

“Our client was targeted, isolated, groomed, sexually assaulted, and is now dealing with a pregnancy,” said Andrea Young of Charles E. Boyk Law Firm.

In a statement released Tuesday, attorneys said they were “specifically looking into whether or not the incident occurred on school property, what the school understood and what actions were taken.”

Officials with the Toledo Public School district say they are investigating claims that a volunteer coach at Start High School engaged in inappropriate contact with a student at the school.

According to a statement from Deputy Superintendent James Gant, the coach has been prohibited from being at the school and from attending athletic events. The district has also involved Lucas County Children’s Services in the investigation and has contacted the Toledo Police Department.

Gant said, in a statement, that the district began the investigation as soon as the administration became aware of the concerns, though an exact date has not been released. Gant further said that all volunteer coaches are required to submit to a background check and provide other credentials before working with the district.

13abc is working to determine other details regarding the investigation and the accusations but the district has said that this statement is all they are releasing at this time. You can read the full statement below.

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