Girls' basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting babysitter

The victim, now 13, said she had been assaulted by the coach for two years.
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A high school girls' basketball coach has been charged with sexually assaulting his 13-year-old babysitter.

Louis French is accused of assaulting the girl since she was in the 5th Grade, the Pierce County Herald reports, as she babysat for the 42-year-old and his wife.

He also allegedly sent her explicit pictures and videos over social media app Snapchat, including one of his genitalia that he sent in response to a staged message sent by police.

The Herald notes he is facing four charges, including first-degree child sex assault, and was "choking back sobs" as he made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

French has been a coach of the JV-2 program – freshman's girls' team – at Hudson High School since October 2016, and has been put on paid administrative leave following the charges.

School district responds

Hudson High School district director of community relations Tracy Habisch-Ahlen told GoMN that there's no indication that French has engaged in inappropriate conduct with any of the girls he coached at the school.

A letter sent to parents also said that a background check carried out prior to French's hiring "did not show any concerns."

As well as being put on paid leave, French has been ordered by the school district not to have any contact with students or come to school property or activities.

"Additionally, our High School Principal and Superintendent met with the parents of our girls basketball athletes last evening to provide support and answer their questions," Habish-Ahlen added.

"We want all of our students and families to know that we have staff available to provide support and resources if anyone may be struggling with this situation." 

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