West Clermont High School bowling coach facing sex charge involving former student

Posted at 11:21 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 16:55:41-04

BATAVIA, Ohio — A West Clermont High School bowling coach is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with at least one former student.

Kevin Briggs, 31, faces a sexual battery charge. Briggs has been placed on administrative leave and has been banned from school property, according to Superintendent Natasha Adams.

Judge Christopher Bazeley on Friday morning issued Briggs a $250,000 bond and ordered that he stay away from people who are underage.

Kevin Teran, an attorney at the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office, said Briggs’ charges are “exceedingly serious.”

A 19-year-old woman filed a report with the Union Township Police Department on Tuesday, saying she had been in a sexual relationship with her coach while she was attending West Clermont High School, according to an affidavit.

The woman told detectives she and Briggs started to have a sexual relationship in January 2019 when she was a senior on the bowling team, the affidavit says.

Court documents say Briggs admitted to engaging in sexual conduct with her while he was her coach.

The school district released the following statement:

"We are deeply troubled and saddened by this news and we take these accusations seriously. Although we still are learning details and the investigation is ongoing, we must work together to ensure that something like this never, ever happens again."

Adams said the school will have counselors available to provide support to students. Anyone interested in counseling can call the high school at 513-947-7600.

Briggs is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 21.