Sam Seiple, Banned Former High School Coach, Faces New Charges

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Sam Seiple, a former high school swimming coach in Ohio who is already banned for life by USA Swimming, is facing new charges.

According to The Independent, the former McKinley High School coach, 58, was indicted May 7 on a third-degree felony charge of sexual battery, according to Stark County Common Pleas records.

The indictment accuses Seiple of having a sexual relationship from December 1995 to May 1996 with a girl he coached.

Seiple’s ban from USA swimming came after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with a different 16-year-old girl in 2014 and 2015, an spent 180 days in jail.

The age of consent in Ohio is 16, but, like his first case, the conduct is unlawful because of his position as each girl’s coach.

In accordance with a plea agreement, county prosecutors charged Seiple with the misdemeanor rather than a more serious felony. Seiple permanently surrendered his coaching credentials and he was ordered to register as a sex offender for 15 years, The Independent reported.

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    Deb

    This information is incorrect. Seiple only spent less than 2 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with a different 16-year-old girl in 2014 and 2015.

    “Seiple’s ban from USA swimming came after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with a different 16-year-old girl in 2014 and 2015, an spent 180 days in jail.”

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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