Coach Arrested, Admitted To Touching 15-Year-Old

Posted at 2:59 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 15:59:19-04

A high school coach has been arrested and charged with sexual battery by an authority figure.

Officials reported they arrested 48-year-old Joseph B. Hart around 6 p.m. Thursday.

According to a report, Hart allegedly picked the 15-year-old female victim up from her home and took her to his home in the 800 block of Benwood Drive around 11:30 a.m. on July 7.

The report further stated Hart was the victim’s coach and was going to “massage her muscles due to her soreness from the previous workout.”

During the massage, Hart reportedly reached under her shorts and massaged her private area.

Authorities also stated in the report, Hart “asked the victim if he could taste her and she said no.”

When the victim told Hart she had to leave, he stopped touching her.

When questioned, Hart admitted to the act and said the victim was not lying.

Officials also said, “Mr. Hart stated that he was disgusted with himself and he wanted to die.”

He added he didn’t know why he did it, and he didn’t understand what was going through his head at the time.

Hart also said he would never lie to “make her look dishonest” when he was the one in the wrong.

His wife also provided a written statement to authorities after Hart told her what he had done.

Hart was charged with sexual battery by an authority figure. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $100,000 bond.