Former Byron Center High School girls basketball coach Glenn Robert Davis was recently charged with felony sexual assault, according to news reports at Wood TV. The ex-coach, 41 years old, admitted having sexual relations with a 14-year-old female student, and was arraigned on March 1 on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct using authority of a teach with a victim 13 to under 16. Michigan State Police records indicate that Davis was arrested on February 28.
The incident allegedly took place between September of 2011 and April of 2012, when the victim was in 9th grade and a student of Davis’s, who was 39.
The alleged victim told police that she and Davis began as friends, and that their friendship escalated to the point that Davis drove her from the school to his home. Police said that no information had led them to believe that the incident took place at the school.
Kent County detectives said that Davis confessed to one sex act with the alleged victim, and said that she “would have no reason not to tell the truth” when questioned about more serious allegations. Davis resigned after being placed on paid leave in November 2012 when allegations were made that the teacher and coach had inappropriate relations with the student, according to Superintendent Dan Takens. The school district also found that Davis and the student had been engaging in what would be considered “excessive” text messaging. Davis was ordered to stop, but it was discovered later that the two had resumed texting.
Davis is scheduled to be back in court on March 13; his bond was set at $30,000.
Individuals who are charged and convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct may face up to a lifetime in prison. Even if the prison term is for a set number of years, the stigma lasts for a lifetime. Michigan sex crime attorneys know that being labeled as a sex offender for life has lasting consequences. In many cases, innocent people are behind bars, accused of crimes they did not commit.
If you have been arrested for sexual assault or any sex-related crime, it is important that you seek the skill and guidance of an experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyer for a positive outcome.