A local assistant high school football coach will spend Thanksgiving behind bars, after he was accused of having sex with a student.
The coach is being held at the Portage County jail.
Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police in Brimfield Twp. arrest Nathaniel Clark, 21, while he was out jogging.
Investigators said Clark is an assistant football coach at Field High School in Mogadore.
"Our school resource officer learned of an improper sexual contact between the assistant football coach and a 16-year-old sophomore," said Brimfield police Sgt. Matt McCarty.
Police said on Monday, the 16-year-old girl informed her parents of the alleged improper relationship.
They say after speaking with Clark, they decided to charge him with three counts of sexual battery.
Even though Clark is only 21-years-old, police say he still broke the law.
She is under 18 and a student in high school, and he, an assistant football coach, is considered an authority figure.
One of the main things is that he is with the school as a coach and the concern is for the safety of the students at this time and it's one of our top priorities and the school's top priority is the safety of the students," said Sgt. McCarty.
Brimfield police said although Clark is an assistant coach, he does not teach at the school.
They said the relationship went on for at least a couple of months.
"I'm glad that she was brave enough to stand up and let us know what was going on, so that the police department, the school can keep making it safe for everybody there," said McCarty.
Clark is being held in the Portage County jail until he can appear in court on Friday.
Brimfield police said more charges could be filed against him in the future.