Basketball Coach Faces Child Seduction Charges

Attorney says accusation came after coach had a heated confrontation with girl's father

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Thursday, Jun 21, 2012  |  Updated 12:12 AM CDT
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Coach Faces Child Seduction Charges

Lake County, Ind. Sheriff's Department

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A boys basketball coach at Morton High School faces felony charges after prosecutors said he engaged in sexual activities with a 17-year-old female student.

The girl told her father, who then went to police, that she and Benjamin Chinn engaged in sexual activities in his office and classroom, according to a police report obtained by the Times of Northwest Indiana.

The 26-year-old Merrillville resident was charged in Lake County (Indiana) Criminal Court with two counts of child seduction, a Class D felony. He later posted bond and was released.

Chinn denies the allegations.

"It is our information that those allegations followed repeated denials by that woman of an impropriety and came only after a threatening confrontation with her father," said attorney Brian King.

Chinn is still the school's head coach, the Times reported.

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