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Former diving coach pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

Posted at 5:08 PM, Jul 23, 2015
Photo from Kent County Sheriff's Department

Donald Glass (Photo from Kent County Sheriff’s Department)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Grand Rapids-area dive team coach pleaded guilty Thursday to sex crime charges. According to Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, Donald Richard Glass pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and child sexually abusive commercial activity.

Glass, 35, served as a diving coach for both East Grand Rapids Public Schools and Forest Hills Public Schools, as well as for the Grand Rapids Diving Club.

He was accused of initiating a sexual relationship with a female East Grand Rapids High school student who was 15 at the time.  Investigators said the relationship carried on for about four years.

Forsyth said that the prosecutor’s office dropped numerous other charges against Glass as part of the deal that includes three additional counts of criminal sexual conduct, a second charge of child sexually abusive activity, and accosting a child for immoral purposes.