Soccer Coach Charged With Inappropriate Contact With Student

A high school assistant soccer coach is under arrest, accused of inappropriate sexual contact with one of his players.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Christopher Roush is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Detectives says Roush is accused of contacting the 16-year-old girl over the computer and then having a sexual relationship with the student.

Deputies say last week they were alerted by Swansboro High School's principal that one of the assistant coaches may have had inappropriate sexual contact with one of their players.

Onslow County Schools spokesman Earl Taylor says Roush was a volunteer assistant coach, not an employee of the school system. He said Roush began volunteering in the fall with the boys teams and then moved to the girls team when their season started.

Taylor says Roush's services have been terminated his services until a full investigation is complete. Taylor says the contact with the student did not happen on school property.

Several search warrants have been served and investigators say they are waiting for results from those searches. Deputies say more charges could be filed.

The 23-year-old Roush is under a $5,000 unsecured bond.


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  • by SHS Grad Location: Swansboro on Jun 16, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    I graduated high school with Chris Roush and I have known him for a very long time. This is not a surprise, as a matter of fact he has had 2 other incidents with underage girls when he coached for OCSA and when he was in college. But everyone just turned a blind eye to it. I know the girl in question, and he initiated contact with her, picked her up, and talked her into sleeping with him. She was terrified to come forward because he harassed her. So the fact that he is walking around my town right now scares the hell out of me and I find it to be utterly repulsive. He is an ADULT and in a position of authority and in NO SITUATION is it ok for him to engage in ANY relationship with one of his players!!
  • by disappointed Location: wilmington on May 1, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    It is just sad that this has happened. Whether or not the young girl consented, the offer should never have been made. A real man, regardless of his religion, should have seen a teenager and not an opportunity for sex. Maybe this is a hard lesson to learn but many more young men will take heed.
  • by GBHB on Apr 23, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    lol at sam, he missed the point.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 23, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    To GBHB, so you sound like you worship another religion for your beleifs. If I have to guess i would say Muslim. How can you not see why Christians complain when somebody is murdered? Everybody should complain about that, no matter what religion. It sounds like you are the one doing the complaining.
  • by huh whut? on Apr 22, 2009 at 08:23 PM
    gbhb find some statistics to back up your statement on crime regarding christians. sounds like defamy to me. cant believe it got through!
  • by GBHB on Apr 22, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Why do people like to connect every negative event to religion? How about this wake up call; bad things have occurred since the beginning of time, even before Christianity. Bad news sells-it is that simple. The internet, tv, radio have connected the nation, so we get the chance to here about all the bad things that happen all over the country. You think people in NC heard about a rape in Wyoming before the internet and television? No. Usually it is christians committing crimes anyway, most of which are legal in the Bible, so I really don't see why Christians complain when somebody is murdered.
  • by parent Location: Snow Hill on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    I could be wrong but I thought that it was legally deemed inappropriate because of his position as a coach for a school team. Because like some of you have already said, you can legally consent at 16 in NC.
  • by don't bash teachers Location: greenville on Apr 22, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    The article states that Rouse was not an employee of the school system- he was a volunteer assistant coach. It certainly doesn't excuse his actions, but I don't think it's fair to say that "another teacher" has done this. He was not a teacher.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Apr 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    I agree with Dwayne Location: Greenville. I also would like to say, this guy is a creep.
  • by fyi... on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    legal age of consent in this state is 16 years old. unless the events took place before the child in question was "of age", the statutory rape charges would not stand. When further evidence comes forth, ie..the girls statement, that is when other charges may be filed. Yes, the girl is still a child and this is frankly..disgusting.. but NC law is what it is.
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