Former Amelia coach charged

Moore accused of sexual battery

A former Amelia High School assistant basketball coach was indicted on one count of sexual battery Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Robert Moore, 22, of Union Township was charged following a party in Amelia on Jan. 8. Moore was an assistant coach for the Amelia freshman girls basketball team.

According to Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, Moore attended the party with an 18-year-old female high school student.

“Evidence and statements received indicated that they consumed alcohol and engaged in consensual sexual intercourse at the party,” Rodenberg said. “The investigation revealed that they had developed a relationship prior to this which consisted of other meetings, phone calls, and text messages.”

Sexual battery is described in the Ohio Revised Code as a third degree felony involving intercourse between a teacher, administrator, coach or other school employee and a student, intercourse between an offender and someone who is impaired beyond the capability of resisting, or other similar situations.

According to West Clermont Local School District director of Communications Sharon Oakes, Moore has worked as an assistant basketball coach for the last three years. Last year he was an assistant eighth grade girls coach and in the 2009-2010 season he was an assistant seventh grade girls coach. She said he resigned his position on Jan. 12.

Moore was taken into custody at the Clermont County Jail Thursday, Jan. 27. He was released on his own recognizance with the stipulation that he have no contact with the victim or unsupervised contact with minors.

Requests for further comment from the West Clermont district administration were not immediately returned.