Aug 12. Also served as a substitute teacher at River Valley High School
GALLIPOLIS – A former cheerleading coach and substitute teacher in Gallia County has been charged with six third-degree charges of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
After a thorough investigation by detectives and two special prosecutors, the Gallia County Grand Jury this week indicted Michal Paige Huck of Gallipolis, formerly cheerleading coach and substitute teacher at River Valley High School.
The indictment specifies that Huck engaged in unlawful sexual relations with multiple students between the ages of 13 and 16 over a span of years from 2003-2016.
“The evidence shows a disturbing pattern of abuse, all perpetrated by an individual entrusted with the care and mentorship of teens,” said a press release from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
The allegations revolve around the school’s wrestling team, which was coached by Michal Huck’s then-husband, Matthew Huck.
“This is a deeply disturbing case of a breach of trust and innocence,” Gallia County Special Prosecutor David Kelley said. “The evidence gathered so far paints a grim picture of an adult woman who used her position as a trusted adult and mentor to take advantage of these boys.”
If convicted on all counts, Michal Huck could face a maximum prison term of 30 years, a maximum fine of $60,000 and registration as a sex offender for 25 years.
This is an ongoing investigation and detectives continue to gather evidence and speak to potential witnesses.
Members of the public who may have information to assist the case are urged to contact Gallia Sheriff’s Office Lt. Adam Holcomb at 740-446-4614.
“We would like to thank Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin’s office, as well as Attorney General Dave Yost’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, for their diligent and dedicated work on this case,” Kelley said after meeting with the grand jury. “Exposing the truth after years of hidden evil took a lot of effort and careful investigation. These law enforcement professionals stepped up and made a real difference.”