Clay High School football coach faces judge after relationship with student
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend assistant football coach and substitute teacher is accused of seducing a student and having a sexual relationship with her.
ABC57 News' camera was rolling as 27-year-old Andrew Steinke ran past, silently, after facing a judge for the first time.
The charging documents detail that Steinke original told investigators he would never get involved with a student. He said he's a "good looking teacher and football coach, and kids like to start rumors."
Detectives say he finally admitted to having a relationship with a 17-year-old female student.
According to investigators, the relationship lasted between October 2017 and May 2018. The student said it ended when Steinke became obsessed with her.
Steinke's public Facebook account acknowledges the events slightly.
In a status, he writes, "Thanks everyone that has shown nothing but positive support."
His Facebook also indicates he is a veteran.
The school allegedly only found out about the relationship this month.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the South Bend Community School Corporation says,
"Andrew Steinke has been placed on administrative leave. SBCSC does not comment on personnel matters."
Steinke's next court appearance is August 21 at 8:30 a.m.
Because it is a Level 5 Felony, he could face up to six years in prison.