A former Camanche Middle School coach is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female student in 2007 and 2008 while he worked at the school.
Craig A. Snodgrass, 28, of Camanche, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and faces two Class C felony charges of third-degree sexual abuse. He had been held on $25,000 cash-only bond, but an official at the Clinton County Jail said Snodgrass was released to court services Thursday morning after making an initial court appearance.
The teen told Camanche police she and Snodgrass were involved in a relationship between January 2007 and June 2008 when Snodgrass was a wrestling coach and a teacher’s assistant at the school, according to a court affidavit filed Wednesday.
The girl said the relationship started with the two exchanging text messages and e-mails and conversing on instant messaging, then progressed to physical contact within two or three weeks. The teen also said she sent partially nude photographs of herself to Snodgrass at his request.
The girl told police that she and Snodgrass began to meet two to three times a week on school property, either in a classroom or at the stage area, where the two would kiss and Snodgrass would fondle her, according to the affidavit.
In May 2008, Snodgrass allegedly “pressured” the girl into performing oral sex on him in his truck while it was parked off 49th Avenue in Camanche. The girl told police that, the following week, the two had sexual intercourse in the back seat of the truck while it was parked in a field.
Snodgrass allegedly admitted to the sexual relationship in a police interview late last month, according to court records.
Camanche schools Superintendent Tom Parker said Snodgrass started with the district in 2001 and resigned in the fall of 2008. Snodgrass was head wrestling coach for seventh and eighth grades, and his duties as a teacher’s assistant involved supervising students, Parker said.
“In situations like this, we need to be careful as far as what’s appropriate to talk about,” Parker said. “But I am comfortable in saying that we certainly will cooperate with the legal authorities as they work through this investigation and process.”
A preliminary court hearing for Snodgrass has been set for June 29 in Clinton County District Court.
According to court records, he did not have an attorney as of Thursday morning. A court order prohibits him from contacting the teen.