KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Delton Kellogg High School coach is facing a criminal sexual conduct charge after he allegedly had inappropriate contact with a student.
William Warren is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, jail records show.
According to a police report obtained by 24 Hour News 8, a 17-year-old student told a Barry Township detective that Warren, 54, bought her an expensive pair of climbing shoes and took her to two climbing facilities on March 5.
She said he talked about his sex life during the trip, made an inappropriate sexual comment at the first facility in Grand Ledge, and slapped her butt at the second business, Climb Kalamazoo at 136 S. Kalamazoo Mall. The girl said Warren also touched her inner thigh on the ride back home. She said when she confronted him about his behavior, he told her he was attracted to her.
The girl told her counselor she was sexually assaulted by Warren, police said.
Through a lawyer, Warren told a Kalamazoo detective that nothing happened between him and the teen and he denied the allegations, the police report stated.
The Barry Township detective who interviewed the teenager said she was tearful at times. According to the detective, the girl said she came forward because she was “worried about him doing this to another girl who may be more easily manipulated.” She also told police that Warren “needs help.”
Police said Warren still had contact with the teenager even after the Barry Township detective ordered him to stay away from her.
Warren worked as an assistant cross country coach with Delton Kellogg Schools for about 15 years, according to the police report. He and his wife also hosted exchange students during that time.
In a Monday statement, Delton Kellogg Schools Superintendent Kyle Corlett said separate allegations of inappropriate communications with a student were made against Warren were made in September. The school and police investigated, but charges were never filed and the district didn’t find that Warren had violated any policies.
Regardless, he resigned from his position as a volunteer coach Nov. 21, 2017, the district says.
As of Monday morning, however, he was still listed as an assistant coach on the district’s website.
Police reports say the students involved in both sets of allegations were cross country runners.
Warren is expected back in court May 2 for a preliminary hearing. Fourth-degree CSC is punishable by up to two years in prison.