Genoa assistant coach accused of inappropriate relationship

GENOA, OHIO (Toledo News Now) - The assistant wrestling coach at Genoa High School was picked up by the U.S. Marshals at a military base in Missouri Thursday, accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a juvenile female student from Genoa High School.

Joseph T. Bergman, Jr, 28, of Genoa was indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury May 16.  He is being charged with Sexual Battery, a felony of the third degree.

The Perrysburg Police Department said Bergman was doing military training at Fort Leonard Wood Military base in Pulaski County, Missouri when he was taken into custody.

According to the Perrysburg Police Department, the Ottawa County Department of Jobs and Family Services received a report on May 7th that Bergman was involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with the underage female student from Genoa High School.

An investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office determined the alleged incident took place in Perrysburg, so the case was turned over to the Perrysburg Police Department.

"We did some investigation, actually talked to the victim and some witnesses and were able to put a case together," said Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore with the Perrysburg Police Department.

Genoa Superintendent Dennis Mock said in a memo to staff that officers from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and the Perrysburg Police Department were on the Genoa Area Local Schools campus May 8th conducting interviews for the investigation.

The district said Bergman is not presently an employee of the school district.

"The district has committed to the student and the student's family that we will provide the student all needed support.  The staff member is not on campus and will not have contact with any of our students pending the investigation," said Mock.

Deputy Chief Gilmore said the investigation into the relationship is on-going. He does not anticipate more charges.

"At this point, no.  But, in these types of situations, you don't know if we're just getting the tip- or we're at the whole meat and potatoes," said Deputy Chief Gilmore.

Bergman remains at the Pulaski County Jail in Missouri awaiting extradition.

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