Ex-basketball coach at Akron High School accused of sexual relationship with student

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AKRON, Ohio-- A former basketball coach at an Akron high school was arrested on Thursday.

Jessica Saffold, 28, of Chagrin Falls, was charged with sexual battery and taken to the Summit County Jail.

She was the girls basketball coach at Firestone Community Learning Center during the 2015-2016 school year.

Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said Saffold had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

"The victim actually came forward to another coach and explained what was going on -- that she had a relationship with the previous coach.  So, at that point, you're obligated in certain positions in the state of Ohio to notify the authorities. So the coach brought that information forward and we did an investigation."

"Being a coach, a teacher ... anybody in control of students, it doesn't matter the age ... in the state of Ohio, 16 years old, you can give consent, but not when you're a teacher or a coach or a faculty member," Edwards continued.

Firestone Community Learning Center, located on Castle Boulevard, is one of nine high schools in the Akron Public School District.

District spokesman Mark Williamson released the following statement Thursday night:

​"​Akron Public Schools ​is withholding comment so as to not unduly influence the investigations underway into the case."

Edwards says anyone with additional information should report it to police.

"We're hoping that if there is any other victims, that they would come forward and please call the police department or notify somebody at the schools. This coach is no longer employed with Akron Public Schools, but there's a possibility she may have went to another school district and so there could be other students involved in this."

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