ELWOOD, Ind. (WISH) - The Elwood High School girl's varsity basketball coach is facing felony charges, after police say he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a 17-year-old player.
29-year-old Thomas Kessinger was booked and released from the Madison County Jail Tuesday evening.
Police say they received a phone call last week from the Indiana Department of Child Services.
"They received a phone call over their hotline, reference a possible molestation, or inappropriate conduct between a coach and a player," explained Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna.
Police conducted interviews and say they believe that tip is true.
"They had a friendship and some other things that came out, that are going to be looked at by the prosecutor's office," said Hanna.
Interim Superintendent Thomas Austin says he placed Kessinger on suspension with pay Friday, the same day they received the news and spoke to Kessinger about it.
Austin says Kessinger will be suspended without pay beginning Wednesday.
"I'm a parent and a grandparent, and I think it's terribly important that when a student goes to school, in all conditions, that they are safe. If we have an allegation of impropriety we will investigate it," said Austin.
The Elwood High School principal says he believes this was Kessinger's first year as the varsity girls coach.
He also was the Middle School Instructional Assistant in charge of the Alternative School there.
At a track meet at the high school, parents and grandparents told us they were glad the district acted quickly.
"They [coaches] should be held to a pretty high standard…. Not to do something like that. We're talking about a child," said grandparent Darlene Wiand.
Kessinger faces felony charges of child seduction and official misconduct.
The superintendent says the school board meets Thursday night, where they'll receive a recommendation from his office on Kessinger's employment status.
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