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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Indiana coach arrested for illicit relationship after fathering child with student

A basketball coach in Indiana has been arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a child after an illicit affair with a student led to plenty of proof of the relationship after the girl with whom he had slept gave birth to a child.

According to South Bend NBC affiliate WNDU and WKVJ, former Knox (Ind.) High basketball coach and teacher Todd Boldry carried on a sexual relationship with a then-Knox High student beginning in 2007. The news sources claimed that the relationship took place on school grounds, with the 39-year-old allegedly sleeping with the girl, who was 17 at the time, between 2007 and 2009.
Boldry and the teen allegedly used the school's training room for sexual encounters between 2007 and 2009, eventually ending the encounters when the unnamed teenager became pregnant. Court affidavits show that she gave birth to a son in 2010, with subsequent DNA tests confirming that Boldry is the father of the child.
That DNA evidence leaves Boldry virtually no room to defend or deny his involvement with the teenager, making his affair a particularly sordid example of coaching authority and access gone wrong.
Boldry was taken into custody on Friday at Knox Middle School, where he was still serving as a teacher, two years after his former paramour gave birth to his son. He has been officially charged with child seduction and criminal misconduct and has been held in Stark County jail on $100,000 bail. No date for his trial has been set, though the charges facing him could land him in jail for six years.
Disturbingly, Boldry's arrest was the second tawdry incident involving a teacher and a student in the span of a week in Northwestern Indiana. Just days earlier, a teacher in Warsaw, Ind. admitted to a relationship with a 14-year-old in his 8th grade English class. That teacher, 26-year-old Tyler Baatz, has been arrested and has been charged with felony sexual misconduct.

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