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Bond set for Mason youth football coach indicted on sex-abuse charges against two minors

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 14:50:37-04

MASON, Ohio — Bond was set Friday morning for a Mason man who faces multiple sex-abuse charges against two minors, according to court documents.

Eric Schmidt, 42, was released from jail Friday afternoon on a $100,000 bond, according to Warren County jail. Schmidt is accused of having sexual contact with one of the victims in April 2015 and the other on Sept. 9, 2019. Both victims were under age 13 at the time.

Schmidt now stands charged with first-degree rape, two counts of third-degree gross sexual imposition and two counts of misdemeanor public indecency. He was indicted by a Warren County grand jury Monday and arraigned Friday.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told WCPO that Schmidt was a youth football coach for the Kings youth program, which is not affiliated with the Kings Local School District. Both of the victims were acquaintances of Schmidt and his family.

“The first incident occurred in 2015, but the victim's family chose not to go forward with prosecution at that particular time,” Fornshell said. “Once the most recent incident occurred in late 2019, Mason police became aware of the 2015 incident, circled back with the victim from the 2015 case, and she (now 17) wanted to proceed on the case at this time.”

WCPO has reached out to the Mason Youth Organization for additional comment.