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Fremont Ross coach quits after arrest

Register • Jun 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

A Fremont Ross assistant track and football coach was arrested Wednesday after admitting to having a sexual relationship with at least one underage student, according to Sheriff's Capt. Sean O'Connell.

There also could be other victims, O'Connell said. 

O’Connell told the Fremont News-Messenger on Wednesday police received information a 17-year-old female student had met with Johnny Alridge, 36, of Fremont, at the Great Lakes Motel several times. The meetings began in February.

The student confirmed the relationship occurred, and the sheriff's department was able to retrieve text messages and other communication between Alridge and the student detailing their plans to get together.

Alridge, who was to coach ninth-grade football in the fall, has resigned.

Alridge "did admit he has had sexual encounters with this 17-year-old, several times since February," O'Connell said. But the sheriff's office has received information suggesting other students might also have had relationships with Alridge.

"We're asking, if there are other students out there that have been propositioned by him or have had sexual contact with him, we would like to know that," O'Connell said. "He's a coach for a school in which these victims are students," he told the News-Messenger.

Click here to watch the video with the News Messenger article. 

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