Former coach indicted

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KALIDA (AP) -- A former coach and technology coordinator for Kalida Local Schools has been indicted in Putnam County on eight felony charges, including allegations that he committed sex crimes with at least three teenage girls.

Jeremy Stober, 41, of Kalida, faces four counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly compelling females to engage in sexual contact in August 2001, August 2010, June 2011 and August 2011. Each of the counts, handed up by a Putnam County grand jury, is a fourth-degree felony.

Stober is also charged with a count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony, for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a student about 18 years old while serving as a school employee in June 2010. He also is charged with attempted sexual battery, a fourth-degree felony, for trying to do so in November 2011.

Between August 2009 and January 2010, Stober also allegedly solicited sexual conduct from someone whose age was between 13 and 16. He faces a fifth-degree felony count of importuning.

He also was indicted on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence, alleging he altered evidence from about August 2009 through May 24.

Stober coached volleyball, basketball and baseball for Kalida until he was placed on leave, with pay, on May 24.

A statement released by Superintendent Don Horstman said Stober left the position in May during "an investigation into allegations that he had engaged in inappropriate communications and/or contact with a student or students."

The school contacted the Putnam County Sheriff's Office and Children's Services upon learning of the allegations, Horstman said. Stober began an unpaid leave of absence at the start of this school year, and that leave continues.

, Horstman said.

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