A former Ohio high school swim coach will go on trial in January for sexual battery after being accused of having sexual contact with two former team members.
40-year-old Matt Johnsen was arrested in August and charged with two counts of felony sexual battery. An English teacher and coach at Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio for 15 years, Johnsen was accused of sexual misconduct with two girls between 2006 and 2008. The girls were above Ohio’s age of consent (16) at the time of the alleged misconduct, but Ohio law still incriminates the alleged sexual contact because Johnsen was in a coach-athlete relationship of authority over the girls.
In August, Johnsen pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Now, the Canton Repository reports that Johnsen will go on trial beginning January 16, 2018 after attorneys held a status conference this week. The new report has a few more details about the alleged abuse.
According to the Repository report, Johnsen is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old girl from June 2006 to May 2007. The alleged contact occured at both Hoover High School and the Dogwood Pool in North Canton. Johnsen was a lifeguard manager at that Dogwood facility.
The other charge centers on a 16-year-old girl. Johnsen is accused of having sexual contact with her between June 2004 and May 2006 at Hoover High and the North Canton Community YMCA, which is where Hoover High’s team practiced.
Johnsen has since resigned as English teacher and swim coach at Hoover High.