Head Football Coach at Bedford High Charged with Sexual Battery
Bedford High School’s head football coach has been indicted on several felony counts of sexual battery. 43-year-old Sean Williams has been accused of sexually abusing an underage student from the school.
On Thursday, February 7, a grand jury in Cuyahoga County filed a six-count indictment charging Williams with sexual battery, which is a third-degree felony. Bedford police say that Williams had sex with a Bedford High School student.
Williams has been the head football coach at Bedford High since 2010 and also serves as a special education teacher at the school. He graduated from Bedford himself and played football at Ohio University and briefly in the NFL.
Police began investigating the alleged sexual battery on October 24, 2018, when a high school administrator contacted Bedford Police detectives with concerns about possible inappropriate sexual contact involving Williams and a female student.
Williams has been placed on leave from his position.
Justice for School Sex Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Ken of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents sexual abuse survivors in civil cases. We’ve asked him to share some information on the legal options available to families affected by sexual abuse involving teachers, coaches, and other school employees:
No one should have to worry about the safety of their kids during the school day. But unfortunately, not all schools are the safe environments they should be. Additionally, schools and other fields that involve working with kids are often targeted by sexual predators. Our schools must be vigilant by properly screening new employees and making sure the environment is safeguarded from the threat of sexual abuse. But in some cases of sexual abuse involving school employees, the school district is partially responsible for failing to prevent the abuse due to negligence.
Some common forms of negligence in these types of cases include:
- Failure to run a background check before hiring a new employee
- Failure to report suspected abuse to the authorities
- Allowing staff members to be alone with students
Cases of negligence often result in lawsuits by the victims and their families. If you or your child has been sexually abused by a school employee, your first step should be contacting the police if you haven’t already. Additionally, you may wish to explore your legal options in civil courts by speaking to an experienced sex abuse survivors attorney.