WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Bond was set at $15,000 for a former Oshkosh coach charged with sexual assault and causing a child to view sex activity.
Fredrick Baier, 23, had an initial court appearance in Winnebago County on Wednesday. He is not allowed to have contact with the school district, soccer club, or unsupervised minors 17 years old and under.
Oshkosh Police say Baier was a Junior Varsity Boys Soccer coach for Oshkosh West High School.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News, officers were informed on Nov. 3 that Baier had been buying alcohol for minors on the soccer team and had “engaged in a sexual type conversation or made a sexual comment toward a female student athlete.”
Police spoke with a student who said she had been receiving “inappropriate content” from Baier over Snapchat. She said during the spring of 2016, when she was still 14-years-old, Baier sent her an image of his genitals and asked her to send pictures of herself in return.
On Nov. 6, officers obtained a search warrant for a residence where Baier was staying in a guest house on the property. He was taken into custody.
On Nov. 7, police spoke with a 16-year-old girl who said in late June or early July, she had attended a party where Baier was present. The girl said Baier made several attempts to sexually assault her. The girl claims at one point he started raping her despite her pleas for him to stop, according to the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint states the girl says “Baier had sex with her against her will and it caused her physical and emotional pain.”
“He befriended these kids in an unprofessional manner that drew him closer to them,” Winnebago Co. Deputy DA Scott Ceman. “That put himself in their social life and their social gatherings. That’s how he got, put himself in the position that he now finds himself charged with these crimes.”
The coach’s contract was already up for the year and is not being renewed, school officials tell us. He did not teach at the school, Ceman said.
“All of our assistant coaches as well as our coaches serve one-year, one-season terms, and this individual’s coaching contract with the district expired at the end of the soccer season, which was about a week and a half ago,” said Supt. Stan Mack of the Oshkosh Area School District.
Baier is next due in court on Nov. 21.