A 29-year-old Cincinnati man is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl from Centerville.
Joshua C. Fisher has been charged with five counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual imposition. Centerville police said Fisher met the victim through his work as a volleyball instructor and they arranged meetings via social media between September and October of this year at multiple locations in Centerville.
“We were first alerted on Thursday of last week,” said Centerville Police Public Information Officer John Davis. He said police worked quickly to locate Fisher and arrested him Friday at his Cincinnati residence.
“This is one of those things that you don’t let sit, it’s very important we have to make sure that we got this person in custody as quickly as possible,” Davis said.
Fisher is a junior varsity volleyball coach at Lakota East High School in Liberty Twp., according to Randy Oppenheimer, spokesman for the school district.
In a letter sent by the district Monday, parents were informed that while the regular season was over, “effective immediately, Mr. Fisher has been directed to have no further contact with Lakota students.”
Oppenheimer said Fisher was not a teacher in the district and was working only as a JV coach who was hired in 2012.
The letter to parents said Fisher passed a background check when he was hired to assist with the girls volleyball team.
Davis said the relationship was reportedly consensual and police were alerted by friends of the victim.
“We want that person that has that position of trust that is that coach or teacher or any other similar profession to know that the full weight of the police department is going to come down on you if you act this way,” Davis said. “We’re seeing it everyday. We just need to make sure that it’s impressed on these people that this is inappropriate and it’s going to be dealt with harshly.”
Fisher is being held in the Montgomery County Jail. He was arraigned on Monday and his bail has been set at $50,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29 in Kettering Municipal Court where a judge will decide if there is enough probable cause to refer the cases to a Montgomery County grand jury.
Katie Wedell - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)
Staff writer Ed Richter contributed to this report.
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