The trial of a former North Central High School coach accused of sex crimes has been postponed.
Jared Stewart pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual battery, each a third-degree felony, in August 2019. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but online court records show it will now begin at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 15.
Stewart, 37, of Pioneer, was indicted by a Williams County grand jury in August 2019, following an investigation by the Pioneer Police Department.
Authorities allege that between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2018, Stewart engaged in sexual conduct with a female subject who was not his spouse and at the time of the offense he was a teacher, administrator, coach or other person in authority employed by or serving in the school where the female subject was enrolled.
Stewart served as the North Central track coach through the 2018 season and subsequently resigned in light of the investigation.
In addition to rescheduling the trial, Williams County Common Pleas Court Judge JT Stelzer also this week denied Stewart’s motion to strike and prohibit testimony by Dr. Stuart Bassman. Bassman is a Cincinnati-based therapist providing services that include treatment in sexual abuse.