Prosecutors this morning charged a Lawrence Township swim coach with seven counts of felony sexual misconduct with a minor.
Christopher Wheat, 36, Indianapolis, is accused of deviate sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Marion County prosecutor’s office.
The girl was a swimmer on the Lawrence Swim Team, where Wheat was the director and head coach. Parents and swimmers have created a new team.
Wheat allegedly touched the girl “to arouse or satisfy” her and himself, according to the charges.
Wheat is also charged with one count of child solicitation. The allegations came to light last week.
The girl told police she had several sexual encounters with Wheat from Sept. 1 to Sept.30, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The girl said Wheat had fondled her breasts and put his hands down her pants and kissed her several times.
Wheat began sending text messages to the girl in September telling her he had feelings for her, according to court documents. He said he wanted to be with her and wanted to kiss her. She said the first kissing was in the coach’s office at the high school. The touching was in a closet in the coach’s office.
Police found 141 pages of text on Wheat’s cell phone addressed to the 14-year-old between Sept. 25 and Oct. 6.
“I told you I’m the snuggle guy…luv to snuggle,” one message read.
Wheat told the girl he loved her and would give up everything to be with her, the prosecutor’s office said.
The girl’s father claimed Wheat often made inappropriate comments to the girls on the team.
Wheat was dismissed as a volunteer assistant coach for the Lawrence North High School swim team.