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home : news : local news December 16, 2017

11/29/2017 11:59:00 AM
Coach arrested for misconduct with minor
Johel E. Ramirez Suarez
Johel E. Ramirez Suarez
The Times

ARCADIA - A 34-year-old Noblesville man has been arrested, and charged with, 27 counts, including Sexual Misconduct with a Minor.

Johel E. Ramirez Suarez, a coach at RipFest Diving, 108 S. Olive St., Arcadia, is charged with five counts each of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, and Child Seduction, both felonies, and 17 counts of Battery, a misdemeanor.

He was arrested Tuesday by the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force.

An investigation led to a juvenile female who was training at RipFest.

The juvenile alleged that Ramirez Suarez, a coach for the organization, touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion.

Further investigation led to two adult females who alleged similar behavior by the coach while they were at the facility used by RipFest.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations. Ramirez Suarez was arrested after he was interviewed at his home in Noblesville.

Roger Harvey, Spokesman, RipFest Diving, said the organization has terminated Suarez's employment.

"When we were made aware of allegations against one of our coaches, we immediately removed him from our program and instructed him not to return to our facility pending the outcome of the investigation. In light of recent developments, we have terminated him immediately. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and we will continue to do so. RipFest Diving is committed to providing the highest quality training for our diving students in an extremely professional and safe environment," Harvey said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force.

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