AC coach, substitute teacher charged with sexual misconduct

Staff Writer

Updated to include a statement from Adams Central Schools.

An assistant football coach and substitute teacher at Adams Central Community Schools was arrested Monday by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and is facing 12 felony charges.   Christopher M. Litchfield, 25, Decatur, is charged with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, Level 5 felonies; two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, Level 4 felonies; residential entry, a Level 6 felony; and five counts of child molestation, Level 4 felonies. 

Along with his position as an assistant coach and substitute teacher, Litchfield also reportedly came to the AC campus during the lunch hour often to speak with students on behalf of Campus Life, a religious organization. 

There are seven victims, each a minor, according to the affidavit released by Adams County Prosecutor Jeremy Brown and Adams County Sheriff Dan Mawhorr. The investigating detective was Larry Butler with the sheriff’s office.

The first victim reportedly disclosed to a football coach Aug. 20 that the victim and some friends were receiving strange texts messages from Litchfield, which made the victims uncomfortable. At this time, six other minors were identified as possible recipients of messages from Litchfield, four of whom are 14 years of age, and two 13 years of age. 

After a series of interviews with the victims, it was reported Litchfield touched the inner thigh of several of the victims with the intent of causing sexual arousal; entered the home of a victim without permission; rubbed the genitalia of one of the victims during the period of October 2014 to September 2015; and performed a sexual act on a victim more than once between January-March 2017. 

It was also reported Litchfield allegedly asked several of the victims inappropriate questions regarding their genitalia and sexual habits. 

He is currently being held in the Adams County jail without bond. 

In a statement released to the media Tuesday afternoon, Adams Central Superintendent Joel D. Mahaffey said, “We are deeply distressed to learn of the arrest of Adams Central employee Christopher Litchfield on multiple counts of sexual misconduct.”

Mahaffey said the school first learned of the allegations Aug. 19 when a staff member informed district administration of the allegations and police were called. Litchfield was suspended immediately pending an investigation, he added. 

Litchfield was terminated Tuesday once the district was informed charges had been filed.

“Mr. Litchfield was employed from May of 2016 to September of 2019,” Mahaffey said. “He was an assistant football coach for Adams Central Middle School and also served as a substitute teacher at various levels. He was also occasionally on our campus as a volunteer for a religious organization. When hired, Mr. Litchfield, like every employee, was required to pass an extended background check, which he did. Mr. Litchfield's file does not contain any reprimands.

“Our first priority at Adams Central Community Schools is to educate children in a safe environment. We feel our systems to prevent the hiring of anyone who might put students in danger are very strong. At times like this, we are often asked to share more information. Due to data privacy laws that are in place to protect students and staff, we are unable to share more information. We ask that you respect the privacy of our students and families.”