Coach of several Metro Detroit volleyball teams accused of sexual conduct with children

Ryan Mortensen faces child sex charges

Ryan Thomas Mortensen (WDIV)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A man who coached college, middle school and community volleyball teams in Ann Arbor and other Metro Detroit areas has been accused of sexual misconduct with children, according to officials.

Ryan Thomas Mortensen, 38, of Ann Arbor, was a volleyball coach at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy based in Warren, the Huron Valley Volleyball Club in Saline, Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor and Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

He was arrested Saturday in connection with an investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to authorities.

Investigators said Mortensen was arrested at a home in Ann Arbor. Search warrants served at his home led to the confiscation of multiple electronic devices, police said. Authorities said they also obtained search warrants for his social media accounts.

He has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of child sexually abusive material possession.

He was arraigned Saturday and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

If convicted, Mortensen faces up to life in prison for the first-degree CSC charge, 20 years for the child sexually abusive activity charge, 15 years for the third-degree CSC charge and four years for the child sexually abusive material charges.

A spokesperson from Concordia said Mortensen hasn't worked for the university since the 2017 volleyball season. He only worked at the university part-time, the spokesperson said.

Here's a statement from Ann Arbor Public Schools:

"In the Ann Arbor Public Schools, student safety is the top priority, and all matters of student safety are taken very seriously. The Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to respond appropriately as information becomes available, however we do not comment on pending criminal cases."

A spokesperson from Ann Arbor Public Schools told Local 4 the district doesn't technically employ the coaches because they're contracted out. He said Mortensen isn't coaching anything right now because it's not volleyball season.

Here's a statement from Schoolcraft College:

"The health and safety of our students is the paramount focus at Schoolcraft College. We work with a third party, Edustaff LLC, who is involved in the hiring of coaches for many institutions to thoroughly investigate all potential coaching hires. Throughout the rigorous vetting process, no red flags were raised in Mr. Mortensen's background. As soon as we became aware of the allegations, we terminated our relationship with Mr. Mortensen and barred him from campus."

Here's a statement from the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy:

"We are deeply disturbed to learn of the news regarding the allegations of a former Michigan Elite coach, Ryan Mortensen. Mr. Mortensen's contract with Michigan Elite expired several months ago and his contract was not renewed.  Michigan Elite rigorously vets and reviews each coaches background to ensure our coaching staff is qualified.  At Michigan Elite, all of our National coaches, including Mr Mortensen, are run through multiple background checks through the USAV and AAU and are required to undergo all training required by the SafeSport Act.  During this process, there were no concerns raised regarding his background.

We find this situation deeply concerning and intend to cooperate with any law enforcement inquiries regarding his prior tenure as a coach at Michigan Elite."
 

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