Shelbyville cheerleading coach arrested on child seduction charge
Shelbyville, Ind. (June 20, 2012) — A Shelbyville High School assistant cheerleading coach was arrested after police said she was having inappropriate relations with a 17-year-old student.
Megan Crafton, 22, was arrested on June 15 and preliminarily charged with child seduction, a Class D felony.
The Shelbyville Police Department said they received information about Crafton’s alleged relationship with the male student around February 3.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Crafton performed sexual acts on the student in the parking lot of a Shelbyville grocery store.
After a long investigation, police said Detective Capt. Bill Dwenger filed a warrant for Crafton’s arrest. Authorities said Crafton turned herself into police custody.
Crafton was not a teacher at the school and she did not coach the 17-year-old student. However, Crafton was in a position of authority as a school employee.
“We wouldn’t be having this conversation if it was her and some other gentleman who doesn’t go to the school or isn’t part of the school system, but unfortunately in this case, it was and it made it illegal,” said Lt. Michael Turner, Shelbyville Police Department.
The police department credits school officials for taking allegations of the inappropriate relationship seriously.
Crafton is expected to appear in court Thursday morning for her initial hearing.