UPDATE: Ex-Marietta Middle School coach now facing rape charge

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Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:12 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 4:26 PM EDT
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A former Marietta Middle School boys basketball coach was indicted Wednesday on rape and other sex charges involving four different juveniles, court records show.

In addition to the rape charge, Crystal Dawn Burke, 41, faces eight counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

The alleged crimes involved four teenage boys and took place between July and November 2020 at her home on Woodcrest Lane in Marietta, according to the indictment, which identifies the boys only by initials because they are juveniles.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies arrested Burke on April 11 on six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, saying an investigation revealed that Burke had multiple sexual encounters with three juveniles at her home and “at various locations in the county.”

The sheriff’s office previously said Burke admitted to giving alcohol to five juveniles at her home, but the rape count is the only one in the indictment to mention any kind of intoxicant.

The juvenile involved in the rape count was not among the victims identified in the unlawful-sexual-misconduct charges in the indictment, which showed five counts involving one juvenile, two counts involving a second juvenile and one count involving a third juvenile.

Washington County Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Coil said the boys were members of the team Burke coached but that the alleged incidents did not take place during the basketball season.

Burke last coached at the school during the 2019-20 season, Marietta City Schools Superintendent Will Hampton said, adding that she left the school “after completing her coaching assignment.”

Burke posted bond and was released from custody following her arrest on April 11. She has a court appearance scheduled for 9 a.m. May 6 before Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi.

MARIETTA, Ohio- (WTAP) - A former boys basketball coach at Marietta Middle School was arrested on Sunday on charges accusing her of having sex with several juvenile boys, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Crystal Dawn Burke, 41, was arrested Sunday and charged with six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Coil said. The charges are third-degree felonies, Coil said.

The alleged incidents involving 14- and 15-year-old boys happened about eight months ago, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said an investigation revealed that Burke and three juveniles had sex at her home and “at various locations in the county.” She also admitted to giving five juveniles alcoholic beverages at her Marietta home, the sheriff’s office said.

The boys were members of the basketball team, but the alleged incidents did not occur during the basketball season, Coil said.

Burke remained in the Washington County Jail Monday morning after being arraigned in Marietta Municipal Court. She is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on April 21.

Marietta School Superintendent Will Hampton declined to comment Monday morning, saying only that Burke coached during the 2019-20 school year and that she left after “she completed her coaching assignment.” She did not coach at the school during this past season.

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