Carmel swim coach charged for child exploitation, pornography


John Goelz, 29, Carmel, was arrested and charged July 3 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced July 5 that Goelz faces federal charges for his alleged sexual involvement with one of his athletes.

Charges include sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. Goelz remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A detention hearing is set for July 10 in Federal Court in Indianapolis.

On June 29, law enforcement officials learned that Goelz may be involved in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female athlete that he coached at the Carmel Swim Club and the Carmel High School Swim Team. Agents and officers were able to capture screenshots of text messages exchanged between Goelz and the minor victim. The messages indicated there was a sexual relationship between the two dating back to February.

A search warrant was secured for Goelz’s residence and his personal cell phone. Further investigation revealed that Goelz and the minor victim were involved in a sexual relationship, which included having sex at public parks in Hamilton County, Goelz’s residence and a hotel in Anderson. The investigation further revealed that Goelz filmed the sexual activity with the minor victim at the hotel in Anderson using his cell phone, and a video file depicting the sexual activity was found on his cell phone.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force.

Goelz could face a minimum of fifteen years in prison if convicted.

If members of the public have further information regarding this case, they are encouraged to contact the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force at 317-595-3361.

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