Coach at school in North Ridgeville accused of sexual battery of student

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WJW)– A volleyball coach at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville was arrested this week.

Jason A. Dimacchia, 38, was charged with three counts of sexual battery. He was released on $30,000 bail.

School officials contacted North Ridgeville police on Monday after a student told a teacher she was sexually assaulted in December, according to the police report. Police said several assaults happened on school grounds.

“Our job is to protect the vulnerable and protect our victims. And a lot of time when we get these incidents where someone in authority takes advantage of someone,” said Lt. Greg Petek.

Lake Ridge Academy said the suspect was a paid coach during the 2017-2018, then became a volunteer.

“We are cooperating fully with authorities and will continue to do so. State and federal laws prevent us from offering further information,” the school said in a statement on Thursday.

Counselors from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will be available at the school.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the North Ridgeville Police Department.

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