“Indiana State Police detectives arrested a Ripley County man March 25 at about 12:30 p.m. on charges stemming from a two-month investigation into allegations of child seduction that occurred while he was an assistant coach with the Jac-Cen-Del High School girls basketball program in Osgood, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.
Detectives were contacted after Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corp. officials became aware of allegations of improper behavior between Chad Pindell, 36, Napoleon, and a 17-year-old JCDHS female student. According to Wheeles, “At the time the incident occurred, Pindell was a volunteer assistant coach” for the girls basketball team. When the report was made, Pindell was removed from his position with the school district.
Pindell was an assistant coach “for the past 10 years or so” and was a teacher for JCDCSC during that period, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Ripley Superior Court March 26. ISP Detective Peter Tressler “learned that Pindell had left (the) teaching position this last August 2017 to become the pastor of discipleship at the Batesville Christian Church” while he continued to be involved as an assistant coach with the girls basketball program.
“Chad Pindell resigned his position of minister of discipleship effective Feb. 15, 2018,” the Rev. Mark Bond, Batesville Christian Church lead minister, reported March 26 when contacted by The Herald-Tribune.
During the investigation, detectives determined that Pindell contacted a female student through social media in early 2018. His communication with the student included sending nude photos of himself to the juvenile, the officer reported.
The teen also sent a couple of inappropriate photographs of herself using her phone to the coach, the affidavit stated.
At some point during their relationship, Pindell and the student allegedly engaged in sexual activity while at Jac-Cen-Del High School.
As a result of the investigation, Pindell was arrested without incident on one count of child seduction, a Level 5 felony; and one count of dissemination of harmful material to a minor, a Level 6 felony.
Pindell still was incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail, Versailles, March 26 pending his initial court appearance in Ripley Circuit Court.
The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Ripley County Prosecutor’s Office and Indiana Department of Child Services.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.””