West Clermont coach arrested on sex charge involving student player

West Clermont coach arrested on sex charge involving student player

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A bowling coach with West Clermont School District is under arrest on a charge of sexual battery involving a student player on his team.

The student, who is now 19 years old, was a senior being coached by Kevin Briggs when she told Union Township police the relationship began in January 2019, court records show.

“During a phone call to Briggs he admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with the female while he was coaching the female on team,” a Union Township police detective wrote in Briggs' criminal complaint.

Briggs' attorney vouched for his character to the court when he appeared before a judge on Friday.

“He has strong ties to the community. He has strong ties to his family. They would all be present today, but due to COVID they can’t be in the courtroom.”

The attorney also asked the judge if he would allow Briggs to be released until his trial because Briggs' sister recently passed and the funeral is Saturday.

But the prosecution said there needed to be a high bond set in this case.

“The allegations here are exceedingly serious. I’ve spoken with the detectives. They’re indicating this is an ongoing investigation with potentially more victims coming forward.”

The prosecution also requested Briggs to have no contact with the alleged victim and the judge agreed.

The judge agreed to that and stated Briggs is to have no unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

Briggs is on administrative leave and banned from all school properties and activities amid the investigation, Superintendent Natasha Adams wrote to students, their families, and staff members this week.

Counselors will be available to any student who needs support.

“The purpose of this communication is to share information we received today from the Union Township Police Department,” Adams letter states.

“West Clermont High School bowling coach, Kevin Briggs was arrested on allegations that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with at least one former student,” it reads in part.

Counselors will be available to any student who needs support.

“We will continue to support law enforcement in their ongoing investigation. Since this is a pending personnel matter which involves students, we are not able to provide any further details at this time," Adams wrote.

“We are deeply troubled and saddened by this news and want to make certain our students are supported during this concerning time. We will have counselors ready to provide support to any students who need assistance. Please contact West Clermont High School at 513-947-7600 if you wish to schedule a meeting with our counseling staff.”

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