Former Wawasee wrestling coach arrested on sex charge

Joshua Vallejo

WARSAW — A former Wawasee Middle School and Wawasee High School wrestling coach was arrested Friday on charges relating to alleged sexual misconduct with a minor.

Joshua M. Vallejo, 29, of Warsaw, is alleged to have had sexual contact with a female Wawasee Middle School student sometime between November 2013 and February 2014, according to information released by Indiana State Police. Vallejo served as the middle school wrestling coach during that time.

Vallejo was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor, a class B felony, and child solicitation, a class D felony. The alleged contact occurred prior to July 2014 when Indiana began to classify felonies as levels, according to a statement from ISP.

Vallejo was incarcerated at the Kosciusko County Jail.

Police said the investigation of Vallejo by ISP began in March, after detectives were notified the allegations were not previously reported as required by law.

The circumstances of the delayed reporting are the subject of a separate and ongoing ISP investigation, according to the statement.

Wawasee Community Schools Superintendent Tom Edington could not be reached by phone Friday before publication. His office provided a prepared statement.

“Wawasee Community School Corporation was informed Friday afternoon that Josh Vallejo, former Wawasee Middle School wrestling coach and Wawasee High School wrestling coach assistant, had been arrested for inappropriate sexual misconduct with a minor,” the statement reads. “Mr. Vallejo coached during the 2012-2016 wrestling seasons. Wawasee strongly supports student safety and had conducted background checks on Mr. Vallejo. We will cooperate with authorities in every possible way to bring about resolution of this situation.”

The Warsaw Police Department and Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office assisted ISP with investigation relating to Vallejo.

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