Youth softball coach charged with sexual misconduct, jailed

Friday, November 12, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- A Greencastle woman who has coached a local softball league for girls 14 and younger and served as a substitute teacher at local schools was booked into the Putnam County Jail Wednesday, charged with Class D felony sexual misconduct with a minor and Class A misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Rossok, 20, of Greencastle turned herself in to authorities. She is being held without bond at the Putnam County Jail pending arraignment. No arraignment date has been set.

The charges against Rossok were filed on Tuesday. According to her attorney, Todd Sallee, his client attempted to turn herself in that day, but was told a warrant for her arrest had not been issued.

The warrant was requested by the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday, but was not signed by a judge until Wednesday.

An investigation into possible criminal sexual activity by Rossok began on Sept. 24. The investigation was launched after the Putnam County Department of Child Services received a tip that Rossok might be having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

According to court records, the alleged victim told authorities she met Rossok in May of 2009, when Rossok was coaching the girl's softball team. The alleged victim said she began a romantic relationship with Rossok, and that by August 2009 they were "kissing and making out."

The relationship continued to escalate and became sexual in nature, the alleged victim told police. The girl said the last time she and Rossok had sexual contact was a couple of days before the investigation began. The alleged victim said most of her encounters with Rossok took place at Rossok's apartment.

The girl told authorities that she and Rossok used several forms of communication, including cell phone text messaging, computer instant messaging and online social networking sites such as Facebook. She also said the two had written letters to each other.

The alleged victim said her cell phone contained images of her and Rossok in romantic situations, so the phone was seized as evidence.

Police obtained a search warrant and also seized Rossok's cell phone, which court records said contained an image of a female believed to be the alleged victim lying on the floor watching television, and that the television had a pornographic image on the screen.

When police searched Rossok's apartment, Rossok's roommate said that she, the alleged victim and Rossok had watched pornographic videos together. Police also found notes written by Rossok to the alleged victim, court documents said.

The alleged victim told police that she had consumed alcohol with Rossok on several occasions. Because Rossok was not old enough to purchase alcohol, court documents said, Rossok's roommate admitted she had purchased the alcohol at Rossok's request.

According to court documents, many people, including the alleged victim's parents, had questioned the girl's relationship with Rossok.

"(The alleged victim) stated that she and Rossok had discussed the fact that Rossok could be arrested for their relationship," court records said. "(The alleged victim) stated they always told people they were just friends. (The alleged victim) denied ever confiding in anyone and telling them about the relationship."

Court records said the alleged victim had been allowed to stay overnight with Rossok, and that the alleged victim's mother often asked Rossok to help with child care.

"It was not uncommon for Rossok to pick up (the alleged victim) after school, transport her to and from practices, attend school games and on occasion put (the alleged victim) and her brothers on the school bus," court records said.

School officials were contacted, and it was confirmed that Rossok, a 2009 South Putnam High School graduate, served as a substitute teacher at Putnam County schools six times last year.

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  • I am just wondering why this has to be on the front page of the banner graphic. What happened to everyone minding there own business she is going to have to go through enough but now public reticule also what gives???? I know her personally and she is a good person that made a bad decision. I know she did wrong I an not saying she didn't but is this what the world has came to knowing everyones buisness?

    -- Posted by solve on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:22 PM
  • This is to bad. When I was growing up, I always looked up to the coach as a role model. We live in different times when your just not sure who you can trust anymore. I hope the good Lord will watch over her and help get through this and become a better person.

    -- Posted by localjoe on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:37 PM
  • Absolutly no different then any other child molestor. Under the age of 14 is a serious crime. It would be a double standard to treat her any differently from the fat bearded child molestors we usually see.

    -- Posted by hardtobelieve on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:39 PM
  • It's just like everything else that happens in our County, always on front page. And, when they find that someone is not guilty, it never gets printed in the paper.

    I get tired of seeing all the articles on the prisioners.

    -- Posted by ladycubs on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:41 PM
  • I understand making a mistake once and maybe twice but this was repeated many times over if we are to believe the article. As far as the information being on the front page, she is now considered a danger to children. Wouldn't you want to know if there was a possibility that she could have had contact with your children or children that you know?

    -- Posted by Questions on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 2:44 PM
  • beth coached my daughter and i would let her coach her again, this person is not a harm to children, everyone needs to find out the whole situation before you start throwing stones, sometimes i hate this town and all the so called righteous people in it who are so quick to judge, unless you have walked in the other persons shoes, try to keep your mouth shut, unil then i will forgive you and pray for you!!!

    -- Posted by sshoe71 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 3:00 PM
  • "...this person is not a harm to children..." , Are you kidding me?

    Thank you banner graphic for sharing this story. I personally like to be as informed as possible. Anything to keep our children as safe as we can. and as a mother, I want the information. Ignorance is not bliss regarding sexual predators. It doesn't matter if they are male or female.

    -- Posted by just a local on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 3:29 PM
  • I agree with hardtobelieve. This situation , whether the relationship was "consensual" or not, was illegal, and is no different than when a full grown man says he loved a young girl or (in this case) boy. No difference whether they were "friends" and she thought she wasn't doing anything wrong. She was molesting a child. She was getting a child drunk. She abused her position as coach and substitute teacher. Whether she had that intent or not, the facts remain the same. BUT! We should still pray for her, and for the child involved. We should pray for her to have a change of heart and turn away from the desire for companionship of those younger than her.

    -- Posted by perrytheplatapus on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 3:31 PM
  • It's funny how the table is turned just because she is a female, everyone is saying she is not a harm to kids. But if this was a male everyone would be up in arms about it. Like how the small town double standards seem to work. (Ps I am a female btw). Any sexual misconduct with anyone male/female underage is sick.

    -- Posted by flygal026 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 3:49 PM
  • People in glass houses should never throw stones. I am not stating right or wrong - just making an observation. I have seen dozens of young teenage girls in this county dating older guys...20, 21, and even older. It has always amazed me how many parents allow this in their young girls. You can see this at the fair, Walmart, restaurants. Amazing to me that 'worried' people have not called the authorities in these cases as well. Or could there be another reason why we will focus so much on this decide.

    -- Posted by glasshouses on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 4:11 PM
  • sshoe....ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? She is getting a child drunk and having sex with her on many occassions and you say she is not a harm to children? If this woman is no harm to kids then why not let your child go over to her home and spend the night when she is released from jail (bc she will be..that is how our system works? I for one, will never be able to "walk in her shoes"..bc I'M NOT A CHILD MOLESTER! There is absolutely NO excuse for an adult to have sex with a child EVER. PERIOD!!! If this had been YOUR daughter, I bet you would be singing a different tune right now!

    I for one am thankful to the Banner for putting these creeps' faces on the front page so I will know who to keep my children away from! The judges won't keep them in jail, so at least we know their faces and names. This isn't a "mind your own business" type of thing. It IS my business to know who lives in my community and is molesting children. You give up your right to privacy when you break the law, especially in this type of manner!

    -- Posted by putnammom on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 4:17 PM
  • what is wrong with parents? do they not watch and listen to what is going on with their children? i would think something was wrong with the whole situation..

    -- Posted by nputmom on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 5:33 PM
  • I'm pretty sure she coached 6 and under youth baseball too. So sad.

    -- Posted by nascar_Couple on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 6:04 PM
  • Wow some of you people have already convicted her of these crimes.... Whatever happened to being Innocent until proven Guilty....

    -- Posted by putnamguy24 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 6:06 PM
  • Another article quickly rushed into print, without the BG making sure they had all their facts straight. Then the entire headline and article magically changes without any retraction or apology from the editor. Good thing that one wasn't already on the front page in hardcopy. In the frenzy to publish "shocking" news you are damaging your credibility as a newspaper, reporting the news, not hearsay and half truths.

    -- Posted by justducky on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 6:38 PM

    -- Posted by MORTY3 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 7:41 PM
  • What about the room mate that admitted to purchase alcohol for minors?

    -- Posted by justducky on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 7:50 PM
  • In fact, yes. Do you happen to remember Scott Porter?

    -- Posted by feelingroovy1103 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 8:21 PM
  • Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? If these allegations are true, then yes, she did do something wrong. I still will pray for her and the families affected. I won't judge her because we all make mistakes and I hope she is to learn from this. However, she has only been charged. We do not know if she is guilty or not and the fact that this is in the front page is not very considerate of all of the people affected. She has a family and feelings as well. And what if she turns out to be not guilty, don't you think that she is going to get a good deal of backlash, even still? People need to think about this, before spreading around these kinds of stories. If she is found guilty, by all means, share it with people. There is a sex offender site for a reason. But until then, give her and the families some privacy.

    -- Posted by thinkaboutit! on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 9:54 PM
  • First I must say that this was NOT a PCGSL, Putnam County Girls Softball League coach. Second, We must be the adults, when coaching children it is quite common to form a bond with the kids, but they are kids and any adult that takes advantage of that is wrong. No excuses, she is wrong.

    -- Posted by legallis on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 10:29 PM
  • Both girls are "victims". I married my husband, and him and I started dating when he was 19 and I was 14. But nobody had any problems with that! That's more of an age difference than this case. I believe that it was all started because of rumors around school. Unfortunately kids talk, and make up stuff to sound cool, too bad that it has to reflect this bad on the coach. She is a good person, and is definitely a victim in this situation too.

    -- Posted by reelsville4 on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 10:49 PM
  • Guilty or not, when it comes to child molesting, I would prefer to know that there may be a danger to my child in the area. Male, female... it really doesn't matter.

    -- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 11:32 PM
  • It doesn't matter that she is "a good person." What she did was wrong, period. All of you saying that the Banner needs to get facts straight -- the investigation started over a month ago. There was obviously enough evidence of truth discovered in that time, or the warrant wouldn't have been issued. She knew what she did was wrong, that's why she turned herself in. Her being a young female instead of 50 yr old man does not change the fact that she was in a position that held a lot of trust, and she took advantage of it. Child molestation in any circumstance can not be tolerated!! If you think what she did was ok, because she made a mistake (repeatedly), then you're really not any better than the 50 yr old man with the 10 yr old girl! Wrong is wrong is wrong, oh, and illegal. Parents just need to remember that even though we live in a small town, not everyone can be trusted!

    -- Posted by arwarren on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 11:39 PM
  • Well BG, you did it again! You took a story and made it front page! Way to go! This young lady could very well be innocent. We don't know that yet. However, you took it upon yourself to let the whole county make that decision before she is even tried! Even if she is found innocent, this is something she will never be forgiven for. I am praying for her family and all involved! This is probably one of the nicest families I have had the pleasure with knowing!

    -- Posted by Sunflowermel on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 11:47 PM
  • Don't shoot the messenger, folks. The Banner is doing its job, just like the detectives and the Prosecutor were doing their jobs investigating the allegations and bringing forth charges.

    -- Posted by South of 40 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 12:46 AM
  • Banner Graphic, keep up the good work. As one person said, (IF IT WAS A MAN IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT), but it is a female so let's protect her.

    Also ("innocent until proven guilty") went out about 30 years ago.

    Another person said

    (It doesn't matter that she is "a good person.") If she was a good person she would not be a child predator.

    -- Posted by Old Man on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 3:12 AM
  • localjoe, the only thing "different" about the times we live in now, compared to when I was growing up in the '70's, is that the sexual predators tended to get away with their sick conduct. In fact, we had a female coach back then whom many had serious concerns about her sexual relationships with students...

    -- Posted by '74tiger on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 5:57 AM
  • There is nothing new under the sun.

    There have always been child predators, and always will be. Modern technology helps them communicate more freely, which helps police find and catch them easier and more often.

    In this case, was this woman acting like a predator? The story tells of a relationship, not a violent event. Headline predators usually have stories of death and multiple missing children. Are there other girls coming forward who have been mistreated by the accused? Did the relationship come to an end recently? Is the whole investigation going to uncover anything more than two girls dating?

    I personally can't see any reason to go forth with this investigation, everyone should hash this story and leave these people alone.

    As I am typing this, her face was flashed across the morning news.

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 7:30 AM
  • I'm sorry, I disagree. It is stated that she discussed the fact that she would be arrested b/c of their relationship, so she knew it was wrong. She turned herself in, admitting her guilt and there is no way that she can be found innocent when the alleged victim has already admitted to all of this happening. It cannot be found to be consensual when it's with a minor! And, we are not talking about a 20year old with a 17 year old, the league is 14 and UNDER!

    I pray that this woman finds help and that no other victims are involved.

    -- Posted by Greencastle7 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:31 AM
  • Another conviction before investigation. Lies are easier to believe and make a good story and CPS (in Putnam County)is notorious for dressing up (lies)reports and destroying lives without investigation.

    -- Posted by cryn4dbabes on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:32 AM
  • Newspapercrap..."so why is it all of a sudden wrong"?? It isn't all of a sudden wrong. It was wrong the very first day it started. It's unbelievable how people will come on here and start blaming the parents and stick up for this woman!!! Maybe the parents were too trusting and should have been more aware, but they are not to blame here.

    reelsville4..just because no one in your life had a problem with your relationship at 14 with a 19 year old man, doesn't mean it was right. It is illegal and disgusting. And if you were having sex with a 19 yr old man when you were 14, it's sad that no one you were close to stepped in and put a stop to that. This girl is saying this happened, the roomate is saying she knows the two were drinking alcohol and watching porn, the police have pictures and letters and she is being charged with a felony..I highly doubt this is all bc of rumors.

    I can not believe all the people on here defending this woman's actions. What if this had been the fat hairy man in the other story..that was getting a child drunk, watching porn and having sex with them?? Would you call him a good person?? Would you jump to his defense?

    -- Posted by putnammom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:35 AM
  • Thanks BG. What about the old gray-haired child molester convicted on 10+ counts,placed here after time served from ANOTHER COUNTY and WAS, (get it WAS), living right on the square. Didn't see his face on the front page to let everyone know what and where he was?

    -- Posted by cryn4dbabes on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:45 AM
  • In the Putnam Scanner there is a listing of a man that was jailed for sexual misconduct with a minor. Why wasnt this front page news too??

    -- Posted by fpitchsballdad on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 8:48 AM
    Response by Banner Graphic:
    It was on yesterday's front page. The charges he was arrested on initially were not what he was formally charged with later.
  • I am a mother and can't understand why you would let you child stay with a 20 yr old woman or man. AT age 15 you are trying to learn life and figure it out. At age 20 you are partying and having fun. I'm not saying this is right because I don't agree but,you should try keeping a closer eye on your kids and what they are doing. I know both girls and seeing them in public together was enough to raise the red flag.

    -- Posted by watchingmom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:05 AM
  • This town is full of leeches! You can't wait until the "news paper " finds a juicy story and then you jump. I'll bet everything I have that there are ghosts in your closets also.....

    -- Posted by Insane Due to Society on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:07 AM

    -- Posted by MORTY3 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:22 AM
  • Thank you Banner Graphic for publishing this story. It is the right of the public to know who may be taking advantage of our children. That is in fact the reason for the registered sex offender list. Maybe we will see Miss Rossok on it soon enough. They may call the relationship consenual, however, how consenual can it be with a young girl. She was taken advantage of, her emotions were played upon. A girl that young is still indeed a child and is not equipped to make adult decisions. A 20 year old woman should know better than to get this girl drunk and have sex with her. This is disgusting. What is also disgusting is that some of you want to defend this woman because you "know her personally". Guess what, most children who are molested are molested by someone they know! You must not have known her as well as you thought you did! I also agree that if this were a man people would be outraged! This woman was in a position that made children see her as trustworthy. She was a substitute teacher and a coach. I myself am a substitute teacher and find it sickening to think of having a relationship with any of the students! Shame on those of you excusing this woman's behavior. Those of you calling it a "mistake" come on, a mistake is forgetting to bring the soccer balls to practice not taking one of the team members home and having a sexual relationship with her! I wonder if you would feel the same if the victim was your child!

    -- Posted by greencastle31 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:41 AM
  • Great job for reporting quickly Banner. It is OK to create awareness. The same people who slam the paper for getting it out there are likely the same people who complain when things aren't posted quickly enough. Keep getting us the news & facts, keep us updated. This is serious - it is a crime - so it isn't about being nosy.

    -- Posted by BG-reader on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 9:44 AM
  • this really bothers me. not only did this article not even mention how old this 'underaged' girl ACTUALLY is but it also does not mention that she did it against her own will so for this to be on the front page i think is pushing it. i do agree that what has happened was wrong but most early teens are very experienced these days and are not the most inocent at all. i think everyone should know the full story before posting all these negative comments. i do know beth very well and i will say she is absolutely harmless and im not saying any of this should have happened but i do agree that parents need to keep on their children better and also that this underaged girl knew what she was doing to beth with the chance of her getting in trouble and not once did she stop anything to prevent all of this!

    -- Posted by vmullins on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:07 AM
  • Innocent until proven guilty! I know this family and they are the BEST people. Please keep them in your prayers. I hope you never find yourselves in a situation that is mispresented by the media and local government like this one has been.

    -- Posted by God Bless You Too on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:17 AM
  • Sorry this bothers you.... Doesn't matter exactly how old the "14 & Under" kid was, nor does it matter (legally) if she was experienced and wild (partially the parents fault - but doesn't change the facts. To repeat what greencastle31 stated and is true of everyone else in these position.... "This woman was in a position that made children see her as trustworthy. She was a substitute teacher and a coach." She is an adult! You don't make out, have sex, drink & watch porn with a kid. Wake UP!

    -- Posted by BG-reader on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:19 AM
  • well with me being 19 i understand how relationships and friendships can grow very quickly! and yes it does matter how experienced this girl is! if she was sooo innocent then none of this would have even happened! and what i meant by they didnt mention how old she was meaning she may be like 16 but their not going to mention any of that just because she is under the age of 18 they are going to run this article before they even know what is going to happen to her! the relationship has been going on for over a year...if it was going to be blown up like this then it should have been reported a LONG time ago!

    -- Posted by vmullins on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:24 AM
  • If she is found guilty, will all of you who are defending her print your own retraction and condemn her actions?

    -- Posted by dharman on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:40 AM
  • For everyone who keeps stating that we do not know how old this minor is...IT DOES NOT MATTER!!!!!! By law anyone under the age of 18 is a minor, period. So therefore it is illegal. As the "adult" (i'm using that term loosely by the way), the alleged was supposed to be the responsible party. As far as the Banner being quick to post this article...i don't see anyone complaining when they post items on the Scanner about people being arrested or ticketed, it is the same thing...Public Knowledge..

    -- Posted by girlmd on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 10:44 AM
  • Not on the front page???? Didn't your mother ever tell you not do do anything in life that you would end up on the front page of the newspaper??? SAME THING!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 11:51 AM
  • feelinggroovy1103, yes, they printed that Scott Porter was found not guilty, but didn't print any front page story about how the cops lied consistently (and were consistently caught lying) in that case. Either way, that has nothing to do with this. You people are jumping the gun. Beth has already been tried and hung by the court of public opinion so why bother setting her an actual court date? Half the opinionated people commenting here will probably be called for jury duty. Just throw away the key now, why don't we? This is ridiculous. I've known the family for years and each and every one of them are very respected members of this community and to answer your question, dharman, whether Beth is guilty or not YES I will stand and support her (given that I FULLY believe this was a relationship between two people that care about each other and not that Beth has been hanging out at softball fields and playgrounds looking for her next victim). Oh, Please. Dont worry, Beth. Tomorrow somebody will spit on the sidewalk or something, and their face will be on the front page instead of yours.

    -- Posted by PutCoMom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 12:12 PM
  • If this relationship has been going on for over a year then Beth would have been 19, a TEENAGER herself! There are several instances everywhere you see an 18 year old boy dating a 15-16 year old girl or vice versa the sex roles. Why is that any different than this relationship. To plaster her picture on the front page and cause her family, who by the way are a wonderful group of people pain is ridiculous. Just like other's have said, if the whole story was not told correctly it should not have been told at all!!

    Beth herself is not old enough to buy alcohol so why isn't the roomate being charged with TWO counts of contributing and sexual misconduct if they were involved in watching the porn too??

    This seems to be a relationship between two teenagers. Obviously the younger of the two involved parents did not have an issue with their daughter being around Beth, or their other children from the way it sounds. Being that she was willing to turn herself in should say something for her, I'm sure she heard that someone had reported her and that charges were going to be filed, you all know how this area is....if you don't know what you are doing you can bet that someone else around here can tell you!! Now everyone and their brother wants to comment on the situation when they don't even know either party or the entire situation.

    It's so typical of small towns........nothing better to do than put other people down and butt into others business

    -- Posted by ballplayer on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 12:19 PM
  • OMG! is all I can say!

    -- Posted by obeone on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:02 PM
  • PutCoMom I agree with you and also ballplayer I have and will trust her around my children at any time we all make bad decisions and mistakes in life but some get caught and others dont. The ones that dont know her dont judge her let the system do that.

    -- Posted by solve on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:08 PM
  • 'Reaching' to find some way to justify this (blaming the 'experienced' victim, or she's from a good family,etc...)need to wake up. What she did was wrong - period. Even the best preachers, teachers, coaches....make mistakes --- it is still wrong. Those of you with kids that are saying you would trust her with your children - you have a problem.

    -- Posted by BG-reader on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:25 PM
  • Young teens explore their sexuality. However as an Adult and a mentor for young teens this woman could have offered advise or led the teen down the correct path to seek emotional guidance. NOT TAKEN ADVANTAGE OR USED HER FOR SELF GAIN. Lets step up as young adults and make this town a better place to live. No man/woman can be fully trusted in this world because of situations such as this. The stuff that's happening day to day in this community is becoming pathetic, lets change this for once! OH YEAH one more thing. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN A POSITION TO BE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER.

    -- Posted by changeourways on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:26 PM
  • great work banner!!!! keep us updated on these sexual predators in our county...this person deserves exactly what she is getting right now!!!

    -- Posted by K9_Handler on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:30 PM
  • Yep, BG reader, I have 4 kids.. one being a teenage daughter and would call Beth in a split second to babysit that's how much I KNOW and TRUST that the situation is a loving, caring relationship, not a 20 year old trying to get down every teenage girl's pants.

    -- Posted by PutCoMom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:34 PM
  • loving, caring? get real is getting a underage girl drunk,(whom you coach) watching porn with her then seducing her a loving caring relationship?? THOSE ARE THE FACTS and that is absolutely disgusting no matter how you look at it

    -- Posted by K9_Handler on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 1:58 PM
  • Anyway you look at this it's wrong!

    -- Posted by CgrMom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:05 PM
  • you would be okay with this, if the child in question here was YOUR daughter? I highly doubt it.

    -- Posted by putnammom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:08 PM
  • PutCoMom....this is like people trying to justify someone getting arrested for smoking pot or selling pot ('s just pot-not meth, cocaine, heroine,etc....)it doesn't make it right because its against the law....Whether you agree with their relationship or not; in the country we live a minor is anyone under the age of 18, an adult is anyone over the age of 18. The minor can not consent legally to anything...PERIOD!!! I'm sure her family is great and I'm sure that she is a "great" person who made a bad decision but it is still against the law. Also for everyone stating to make sure you know all of the facts...I believe in the original story the Banner gave some of the facts that led to an arrest warrant (ie, a witness, letters, pictures, text messages, and voice mails), whether the minor came forward and testified is inconsequential if they have written proof and an eye witness (who by the way should also be arrested for contribution).

    -- Posted by girlmd on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:13 PM
  • This is amazing...Half of the post is defending the coach. Telling the other posts that they don't know all the facts. That you would let her coach your kids. I am wondering where you got all the fact. Obviously you know something that the rest of us don't. To say you would let her coach your kids without finding out if this is true or not. You must be going for parent of the year. Speaking for myself, I have 3 little girls who are all involved in sports, all are attending South Putnam Schools. This scares the crap out of me. for you PutCoMom. It sounds like you were aware of this crime. Doesn't that make you just as sick as the coach? Can't fix stupid

    Rossok is not the victim so stop treating her like one. If this is true, I hope they put a poster on every light post in the county with her picture on it. Warning everyone of her illness.

    -- Posted by ou812 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:13 PM
  • If this relationship was going on for over a year the coach would have been 19 and the oldest the girl could have been was 14. Would all of these comments defending the coach still be made if the coach was a 19yr old man dating and having a relationship with a 14yr old girl? Buying her alcohol and waching porn with her? Check out the Indiana sex registry..there is more than a few of these listed on the site.

    -- Posted by G-boy2008 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:55 PM
  • Lord, didn't your mother ever tell you that people feed off drama? Keep the hateful comments coming.. I personally dont care and wont be logging in anymore (as my position hasnt and wont be changing) but all these other opinioniated idoits will be and will get a big kick out of how much you want to tear me down now.. because I went against the grain and stood up agianst the rest of you misinformed fools. Have fun with that.

    -- Posted by PutCoMom on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 2:56 PM
  • If this relationship was going on for over a year the coach would have been 19 and the oldest the girl could have been was 14. Would all of these comments defending the coach still be made if the coach was a 19yr old man dating and having a relationship with a 14yr old girl? Drinking alcohol and waching porn with her? Check out the Indiana sex registry..there is more than a few of these listed on the site.


    one more to think about.....a 19 year old male coach dating and having a relationship with a 14yr old boy? Drinking alcohol and waching porn with him?

    I cant imagine the comments posted here calling for him to be locked up forever and the keys thrown away and in all truth much worse than that would be posted here.

    -- Posted by G-boy2008 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 3:04 PM
  • PutCoMom...

    Are you getting out of the kitchen. I for one don't feel that anyone is being hateful, they are expressing their opinion as you are expressing yours. If we are so misinformed then why don't you set the record straight. Whether anyone on here believes/feels that this relationship was right or wrong doesn't change the fact that it was illegal and against the law. As someone posted earlier would you be ok with it if this was your daughter or son (their gender is irrelevant). Just because the accused was still in her teens when this started doesn't make it right, she was over the age of 18 which makes her an adult.

    -- Posted by girlmd on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 3:15 PM
  • Currently the age for to legally consent to a sexual relationship is 16. A 16 year old consent to have sex with anyone over the age of 16. However a person who is a school teacher or a coach, counselor etc. is restricted from having sex with a Minor, someone under 18 who is under their care or supervision,

    -- Posted by hardtobelieve on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 4:12 PM


    -- Posted by Michele1953 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 4:39 PM
  • hardtobelieve...

    sorry i was not raised in this state and where i am from legal age to consent is doesn't make sense to me how it can be justified that a 16 year old can legally consent to a sexual relationship but can't vote or sign a legal document....

    -- Posted by girlmd on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 4:41 PM
  • I Think we need to see how old everyone is. Lets say the girl turns 16 in may of 09, and now she is 17. That would have made the woman of the story 18 or 19. Not a very big spread in age. Now if the woman of the story was 18-19 and the victim was 13 or 14, then that is a totally different story. But, before we start judging, we need to get all of the story and not just believe what the BG prints.

    -- Posted by tbone46135 on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 5:34 PM