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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 am

Ex-coach, sub faces molesting charges

Alleged misconduct with boys in Adams

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Decatur man who coached middle school football and was an Adams Central Community Schools substitute teacher is facing 12 felony charges after investigators say he inappropriately touched at least five teenage boys and sent them lewd text messages.

Christopher M. Litchfield, 24, also performed sex acts at least 10 times on another boy, according to court documents filed in Adams Circuit Court. 

The boys told police they received photos and text messages from Litchfield, who court documents allege asked about their genitalia and whether he could “get personal” with them. The boys were 13 or 14 years old at the time, a probable cause affidavit states. 

Litchfield also “was permitted to come to school during the lunch hour to speak with students on behalf of a religious organization” and touched one boy's thigh – an action other boys also reportedly described – after a “youth event,” investigators said. That allegedly happened twice more after the event. 

One boy said Litchfield would take him and other boys to buy food as part of his work as a youth leader for his church. Another said he received a texted picture of Litchfield's clothed midsection. 

The mother of one of the boys told police Litchfield entered her home late one night to watch her son sleep. 

He is charged with six felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, each punishable by up to six years in prison. He also is charged with residential entry and five counts of child molesting, each carrying a penalty of up to 12 years in prison if he is convicted. 

Litchfield coached football at Adams Central Middle School starting in 2016 and also worked as a substitute “at various levels” within the school district, Superintendent Joel Mahaffey said. Mahaffey said district officials learned of allegations Aug. 19, and Litchfield was suspended. 

Litchfield, who passed a background check when he was hired, was fired Tuesday. 

Mahaffey said an employee told administrators about the allegations, “and police were called immediately.”

“Our first priority at Adams Central Community Schools is to educate children in a safe environment,” he said in a statement. “We feel our systems to prevent the hiring of anyone who might put students in danger are very strong.”

A boy told a football coach Aug. 20 “that he and some friends were getting some strange text messages that made him uncomfortable,” court documents say. At least two of the boys were football players, according to the documents. 

It is not clear if the others are or were on the team. 

Litchfield “took an extra interest” in one of the boys, when the boy's mother was going through a divorce, the affidavit states. Litchfield allegedly drove the boy home from Bible study classes and give him massages, which later led to sex acts.

mleblanc@jg.net