MT. LEBANON (KDKA) — A former assistant cross country coach at Mt. Lebanon is out of jail, but will stand trial on charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
Christopher Childs, 20, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
He had no comment about the charges against him, including corruption of minors, statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.
Before the judge released Childs on bond, he told him to stay out of Mt. Lebanon and not to contact the alleged victim.
The judge told Childs if he reached out to the teen in any way, “I will throw you back in jail.”
“The law is very specific when it comes to adults having contact with minors,” Mt. Lebanon Police Lt. Aaron Lauth said on August 18.
“A minor is anybody under the age of 18, so the law is very specific regardless of the difference – and there was obviously enough of a difference – one being 15 and one being 20,” Lauth continued.
According to police, Childs met the 15-year-old while working as an assistant track coach at Mt. Lebanon High School. The teenager was on the team.
“They knew each other for a while before it became of a sexual type relationship that these incidents stem from,” Lauth explained.
According to police, Childs had his first sexual encounter with the 15-year-old at his Mt. Lebanon home in June after they walked from school together.
“Several incidents had occurred since the two had met which was back in November of 2010,” Lauth said.
The teenager’s parents discovered the relationship when they checked their son’s cell phone and found text messages between the two.