Canton High School coach accused of sexual relationship with underage student

20-year-old Eric Locke charged with criminal sexual conduct

Eric Locke
Eric Locke

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An assistant varsity hockey coach at Canton High School is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen girl. 

According to police, Eric Christopher Locke, 20, had an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage female high school student between November 2016 and February 2017. He was charged Thursday with three counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree.

Locke was contracted through CoachEZ, a company that provides coaches.

He is prohibited from being on school property or at school events, and is not allowed to provide services at this time.

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

CoachEZ released a statement on Friday:

CoachEZ, LLC is dedicated to providing its school partners with quality athletic coaches. The safety of our partner’s students is of extreme importance to us.

Earlier this week, CoachEZ was notified of a concern involving Mr. Eric Locke a contracted coach on assignment in the Plymouth-Canton School district. Consistent with CoachEZ’s procedures, the contractor was removed from all access to assignments in the schools we serve.

CoachEZ and Plymouth-Canton Schools will keep in contact with each other and have agreed that until such time there is a legal resolution, Mr. Locke will not be allowed to provide services. We have also been notified, Mr. Locke is prohibited from being on school property or at any school events.

In unusual cases such as this, our first priority is to follow policies and procedures that ensure the safety and support of the students. Like the local district, our commitment and focus is on providing a quality services to the families and children. CoachEZ is known for this and we will continue to strive for excellence in education in every district that we serve.

Out of respect for those involved and for the legal justice process we will not speculate or comment further. CoachEZ will cooperate fully with our school partner and the Canton Township Police Department.

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