A volunteer who was helping with the Whitko Middle School girls soccer club was arrested Sunday night on a charge of sexual misconduct with a minor, a level 5 felony.
Jonathan David Crosson, 20, Larwill, is being held in Kosciusko County Jail without bond.
The probable cause affidavit provided by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office states that Crosson had sex at least three times with a 14-year-old female who was a part of the soccer club.
Whitley County Sheriff’s Dept. officer Bill Brice and Indiana Department of Child Protective Services investigator Nicole Nabinger spoke with the victim who stated Crosson was her assistant soccer coach and that their relationship started with the two of them going to his church together. The victim said that in January, she and Crosson went to his residence to have sex.
Then in March, she said, the two had sex in Sidney Cemetery, which is located in Kosciusko County. The victim and Crosson then had sex in her residence in Kosciusko County on July 15
On July 17, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department officer Todd Sutter spoke with Crosson, who stated that he met the victim during the 2014-15 soccer season at WMS. He then began taking the victim to church. When asked whether or not the two ever had sex, Crosson nodded his head yes.
In a telephone interview this morning, Whitko Schools Superintendent Steve Clason said Crosson “was not an assistant coach at all. We have club soccer at the middle school. The club is self-supporting and does not have anything to do with the school.”
Clason said the club hires and fires its own coaches. “He was never a coach for them. That’s not to say he wasn’t on the grounds or helping, but he wasn’t authorized to be a coach. He was not interviewed or hired to be a coach by us or the club,” he said.
Jodi Sims, a parent volunteer that helps organize the club soccer’s game schedule and manage the team, said today that Crosson was a friend of one of the coaches. At the time he was out at the field, he was volunteering.
“Yes, he was there, but he was not hired by the club,” she said.
She said the soccer field is on public property where anyone can stand. Many people come out to provide help to the club.
“He was there off and on. There are multiple adults there at times,” she said.
Sims said she was praying for the family and that she wants the two families to come to some peace and the court system to come to a solution. She said she has not been contacted by any law enforcement on this matter at this time.
If any parents of the club soccer team have concerns, she advised they should contact her other than go through the media or social media.