An assistant swim coach at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon who is charged with inappropriately touching a young female team member in North Carolina last weekend has a long history of coaching area children.
Patrick Jeanneret, 30, of West Chester coached the swim team at Fairfield High School from 2007 to 2011, when he won two Miami Conference Coach of the Year Awards, according to his biography on the Countryside Torpedoes website.
He began as assistant coach in 2004 at Great Miami Valley YMCA in Fairfield, where he took over as head coach in 2007.
Officials at Greater Miami Valley YMCA said they are in the process of alerting families of any children who swam while Jeanneret was a coach there. Jeanneret has been fired from his position at Countryside.
“The kids are our most important concern. We’re doing our due diligence to make sure families are aware of this,” spokeswoman Karen Staley said. “Our hearts really do go out to the family of the little girl in the incident.”
Jeanneret was arrested for “taking indecent liberties with children” Saturday for an alleged incident at 3:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 301 N. Greene St., in Greensboro, according to police there. Police were called about 5:15 a.m.
Greensboro police have not yet released the police report nor would a public information officer discuss the allegations against Jeanneret, who bonded out of jail after posting $20,000.
In North Carolina, the law Jeanneret is charged under accuses him of:
■Willfully taking or attempting to take an immoral, improper or decent liberties with any child of either sex under the age of 16 for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire, or
■Committing or attempting to commit any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part or member of the body of any child of either sex under the age of 16.
If convicted, Jeanneret faces at least 16 months in prison.
At the time, Jeanneret was attending a national meet with 25 members of Countryside Y’s Torpedos swim team, along with the head coach and chaperones, Countryside Y’s CEO and President Mike Carroll said. Swimmers attending the meet were 14 to 18 years old, he said.
Jeanneret joined the Lebanon-based Y in summer 2011. Carroll said Jeanneret passed federal and state criminal background checks. Former employers did not report any problems with Jeanneret, Carroll said.
Mark Morris was surprised when he heard the news about Jeannert. His daughter, Melissa, swam several years for both the Fairfield YMCA and Fairfield High School swim teams.
“I’m shocked. I think everybody’s shocked,’’ Morris said. “I let her know when I heard about it and she was shocked.”
Morris, who also sits on the Fairfield Board of Education, said he never heard of any incidents involving Jeannert while his daughter swam for him.
“You’re around these coaches year-round; you think you know them pretty well. I guess we didn’t,” Morris said. “We have to let this process play out. I don’t want to indict him.”
The Enquirer will update this story.