Ex-Port Clinton coach accused of sex charge


PORT CLINTON - A 25-year-old former assistant coach for Port Clinton City Schools has been charged with six counts of sexual battery after being accused of having an 18-month relationship with a student.

Erin Baker, 25, of Port Clinton, was arraigned yesterday in Port Clinton Municipal Court.

Ms. Baker was arrested Friday by Port Clinton police at her home in Catawba Island Township, the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office said.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office refused to disclose the age or sex of the student alleged to have engaged in a relationship with Ms. Baker between October, 2005, and March, 2007.

Ms. Baker is a former assistant coach for the schools' girls' basketball and softball teams. She last worked in those capacities during the 2006-07 school year, Port Clinton City Schools Superintendent Pat Adkins said.

Mr. Adkins said he could not discuss the particulars of the case or identify the student in any way.

Information about the matter first came to light about 10 days ago when the student with whom the alleged relationship took place reported it to the school's guidance counselor, Mr. Adkins said.

The guidance counselor immediately contacted Port Clinton police and the Ottawa County Children's Services Bureau, the superintendent said.

"Our folks take it very seriously when a report is made," Mr. Adkins said. "We don't try to hide anything, and we turn it over to the police department and children's services."

Ms. Baker's case is to be presented to the Ottawa County grand jury as early as next week.