Former Eastern Coach Indicted on Sexual Battery Charge

POMEROY, Ohio – A former Eastern Local Basketball Coach has been indicted on one count of Sexual Battery in the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas.

According to court documents, Jacob Parker, 25, was indicted by a Meigs County Grand Jury on August 20, 2019 with one count of Sexual Battery, a felony of the third degree.

The indictment states that between December 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019, Parker allegedly committed sexual battery described in the document as, “sexual conduct with another, not the spouse of the offender, when the offend is a teacher, administrator, coach, or other person in authority employed by or serving in a school for which the state board of education prescribes minimum standards pursuant to division (D) of section 3301.07 of the Revised Code, the other person is enrolled in or attends that school, and the offender is not enrolled in and does not attend that school, in violation of Section 2907.03(A)(7) of the Ohio Revised Code, a Felony of the Third Degree, contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided and against the peace and dignity of the State of Ohio.”

Parker was arraigned in the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas on August 21, 2019. According to the court documents, Parker has retained Charles Knight as his attorney. Bond was set by Judge Linda Warner at $15,000 with 10 percent down allowed. The documents stated he posted the $1,500 necessary for bond. He was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim in the case.

Parker had been the Eastern Lady Eagles Basketball coach as well as serving as an Easter Eagles assistant baseball coach.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. An indictment is one step in the process of bringing a case to court and is not a conviction of a crime.