Former Carmel High School and Carmel Swim Club coach John Goelz has been sentenced to more than 16 years in federal prison after admitting to having sex with a 17-year-old swimmer.
Court documents show that Goelz pleaded guilty this month to sexual exploitation of a minor. He admitted that he was in a relationship with a 17-year-old swimmer “from at least fall of 2017 through July 2, 2018.” The swimmer swam for Goelz at both Carmel High School and Carmel Swim Club. Court documents say that the relationship turned physical in February of 2018, and that Goelz and the girl had sex and oral sex between February and June of 2018. In June, Goelz used a phone to film a sexual encounter between them, and that phone and video were found by authorities during their investigation of Goelz.
The 29-year-old Goelz was sentenced to 200 months (or about 16 years) in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release. He’s also ordered to pay $9000 to the swimmer he exploited, along with other court fees.
Goelz was already banned for life from coaching, appearing in the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s banned database as of last July. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.