Banned Ohio High School Coach Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Battery

Former Ohio high school swim coach Eric Spaulding has been found not guilty of sexual battery.

Spaulding, now 32, had been accused of having sexual relations with an 18-year-old student. He was arrested in July and banned for life by USA Swimming as he awaited trial in October.

But now the Canton Repository reports that Spaulding has been acquitted by a jury this week after several days of testimony and about an hour of deliberation among the jury.

Spaulding was accused of having sex with an 18-year-old high school senior at Perry High School last April. Spaulding denied the allegations, admitting to flirting with and even kissing the student, but maintaining that he never had sexual relations with the student.

Though the student was 18 years old, Ohio law would make a sexual relationship a crime based on a special clause prohibiting a sexual relationship if the “offender is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school” and the sexual partner attends the same school.

Spaulding was an English teacher and boys and girls swim coach at Perry High School, and had also coached with the Perry Aquatic Club since 2006. He has resigned his teaching position and as of now is still banned by USA Swimming from coaching.

USA Swimming has not yet responded to a request for comment on the matter.

Update: USA Swimming has confirmed that Spaulding will remain on the banned list despite the verdict. You can read more about that statement here.

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Joel Lin
4 years ago

Considering he was found not guilty, can he be removed from the banned list? Not knowing any more details, and assuming the case is all to it, this seems the only decent thing for US Swimming to do.

HulkSwim
4 years ago

Joel Lin- he still admitted to flirting with and kissing an 18 year old swimmer of his… So, no… For sure not.

David Berkoff
4 years ago

USAS Boards of Review decide complaints on a “preponderance of the evidence” not “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Even if someone is found not guilty criminally it has no bearing on USAS. If someone is found guilty the preponderance of evidence standard has already been met and that’s why any conviction or guilty plea is an automatic violation of the code of conduct.

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