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Pike HS coach faces felony child seduction charge

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Steve Jefferson/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - A local high school basketball coach is facing allegations that she crossed the line with a female student, and police are investigating if there are any other reports of similar allegations.

Sarah Strahm, 28, is the girls' basketball coach at Pike High School. She also teaches special education there. Someone alerted school officials about a serious off-court violation.

"She had inappropriate contact with one of her students there at the school," said Lt. Jeff Duhammel, IMPD.

Now, a 17-year-old female student has accused Strahm of initiating a sexual relationship with her starting this school year. Metro detectives say during their interview with Strahm last Friday she confirmed the coach-student relationship.

Officers arrested her on one count of felony child seduction and have not ruled out more victims "not only at this school but at any other school where she may have had contact with other players," said Duhammel.

Coach Strahm's work history includes jobs at Decatur Central, Danville and Ben Davis before landing her job with Pike Township.

School officials released a statement saying they have been advised by legal counsel not to speak regarding the the matter.

Eyewitness News tried to speak to Strahm but neither she nor her roommate answered their door at their home.

"This is unfortunate," said Duhammel.

As a student herself, Strahm became a standout player a decade ago at Ben Davis High School. In 2000, the Lady Giants basketball team won state title. Strahm received the Marion County Coaches' Female Athlete of the year and the John Wooden All-Star Citizenship Award.

Strahm goes to court this week.

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