Canton High School coach accused of having sex with 16-year-old

Eric Locke banned from Canton High School and all school activities

Eric Locke
Eric Locke

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An assistant hockey coach at Canton High School is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.

According to police, Eric Christopher Locke, 20, began having sex with the girl over a year ago, when she was 15.

The sexual relationship between Locke and the girl started before he accepted the coaching job, police said. He has been the assistant hockey coach since November.

The girl's mother suspected the relationship and told the school resource officer. Within a day, authorities had enough evidence to arrest Locke.

Locke was a 2015 graduate of Plymouth High School, which is in the same school district as Canton High School. He is now banned from the school and all school activities within the district, and faces three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Locke is due back in the 35th District Court on March 10 for a probable-cause conference and March 17 for a preliminary examination.

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