Agawam H.S. coach arrested for statutory rape

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A junior varsity volleyball coach at Agawam High School has been charged with statutory rape after he allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 15 year-old girl.

Michael Rash, 24, of 9 Miller St. in Westfield, has been charged with at least two counts of rape of a child, statutory. He was arraigned on June 6 at Westfield District Court, and bail was set at $1,000.

According to court documents obtained by the 22News I-Team, the alleged incidents happened in March and April.

The criminal complaint states that Rash and the victim began communicating via snapchat and then through text messages. The two then began meeting in person late at night.

Court documents list Rash’s only occupation as being a J.V. volleyball coach at Agawam High.

The victim is listed as a resident of Agawam, but documents do not specify how she met Rash.

As a condition of his bail, Rash has been ordered to stay away from the victim and have no unsupervised contact with children under age 16. He will also be monitored by GPS, and is ordered to stay out of Agawam, maintain a curfew from 6:00 P.M. to 6:00 A.M., and report to probation once a week.

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