The coach allegedly touched the 14-year-old student inappropriately and received photos of her wearing undergarments he had purchased for her
GREENFIELD - A 24-year-old club volleyball coach is facing a charge of sexual assault for having sexual contact with a 14-year-old student who attends Whitnall High School.
Benjamin Chastain was charged Tuesday, May 9, with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, according to court documents. The criminal complaint specified that the club volleyball team Chastain coached is in no way associated with Whitnall.
Chastain's attorney, Steven Kohn, said that Chastain "maintains his innocence and denies the allegations."
According to the criminal complaint, Chastian communicated with the 14-year-old volleyball player through text or the messaging app Snapchat and would frequently bring her McDonald's at school for lunch.
The complaint says that Chastain and the student would meet outside the building in his vehicle. During one of these lunch visits, Chastain allegedly grabbed the student's buttocks.
In an interview with an officer from the Greenfield Police Department documented in the complaint, the student said that Chastain would message her about "sexual stuff."
She also claimed to have sent him photos of herself in her underwear via Snapchat, including photos of herself wearing a bralette that Chastian had purchased for her at Victoria's Secret.
The complaint cited school video surveillance footage, which shows the student approaching Chastain's vehicle in the parking lot on Feb. 3, getting into the vehicle, and then returning to the school carrying a paper bag.
Law enforcement officials also spoke with Chastian, who, the complaint says, admitted to bringing food to the student at school and using text messages and Snapchat to communicate with the student.
A preliminary hearing wasscheduled for May 19 regarding this case.
If convicted on the charge, which is a felony, Chastian would face up to 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.