An assistant volleyball coach at a St. Clair County (Mich.) high school is in custody after Macomb County authorities said he tried to arrange to meet with a 13-year-old girl to perform sex acts.
Charles Edward Goubert, 53, of Emmett in St. Clair County, was arrested Wednesday by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office computer crimes unit. It said Goubert is an assistant volleyball coach at Yale High School.
Undercover detectives had been conversing with Goubert via e-mail and text messages after responding to an ad that he posted on a social media website. He was trying to arrange to meet with a teen girl to perform sex acts on her, the sheriff’s office said.
After a lengthy investigation, detectives arranged to meet him at a predetermined time and location. When he showed up, he was arrested.
Goubert was being held in the Macomb County Jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond on three counts of child sexually abusive activity, a 20-year felony, and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime, a 15-year felony, after arraignment today in 41B District Court in Clinton Township.
His next court date is Oct. 27, the sheriff’s office said.
Yale Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Nicholl said Goubert was a coach in good standing for a little better than 10 years. He was the assistant coach for varsity girl’s volleyball. Goubert was a lay coach, meaning he was not an administrator or teacher, Nicholl said.
He said he immediately placed Goubert on administrative leave and issued a no trespassing order, prohibiting Goubert from district property. Nicholl said Goubert is not allowed to attend games or venues where the district participates.
Nicholl said it was “very disheartening to hear the allegation.” He said Goubert still has his legal day in court, that he’s not condoning Goubert and that he wants him to have his due process.
But, Nicholl said, “our vested interest is the safety of our kids.”
Nicholl said he called the parents of every ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity volleyball player, of which there are more than 50, to “give them factual information.” He said a private meeting with the players and their parents, counselors and social workers is set for Friday.
He said to his knowledge, there have never been any reports of wrongdoing to these or other allegations involving Goubert as a coach. Nicholl added that, to his knowledge, none of the allegations occurred on school property or with school equipment and that no students were impacted.