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The answer is a tentative yes. There is substantial case law which indicates a coach is a person in a position of authority and, as a result, could be charged with criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with a person under the age of 18. A coach who is a coach by contract, and the individual may have several such coaches, is an interesting question. It does not preclude the case from being charged, but it does present a legal question as to the scope of "position of authority." In short, there is no secure answer for the question and, if charged, an aggressive defense is necessary.
I would also point out that the fact that the couple claims they are in love has no impact on the potential charges.
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