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Va. swim coach charged, released on bond on sexual contact with student charges

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A local swim coach, who was charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student, will be released on $15,000 bond, according to his attorney.

Noah Rucker. Photo: Fairfax County Police

Noah Rucker, was charged with having the relationship with the 17-year old while he was coaching, and she was a student, at James Madison High School in 2001. Rucker was released on five thousand dollars per charge.

After taking a report on Wednesday and conducting an investigation, Fairfax County Police arrested Rucker, 39, of 9125 Big Springs Loop in Bristow on Friday, charging him with three counts of indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial and/or supervisory position.

A Judge said Rucker must surrender his passport and remain in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Rucker has held numerous coaching positions in the area and is currently still active as a coach, police say.

When ABC7 went to Rucker's home seeking comment, a woman who identified herself as his fiancée said he was not available. She later provided the following written statement to ABC7:

"Noah Rucker denies all charges against him and looks forward to clearing his name at trial if not before that time. [The alleged victim] told several people at the time of the initial investigation that she and Mr. Rucker had not been sexually intimate. Since she claims to be physically incapable of lying, that must be true. We also find it hard to believe that [the alleged victim] voluntarily would have dated Mr. Rucker when she was 21 years of age if he actually had molested her when she was fifteen.

"[The alleged victim] clearly is a troubled young woman, but Mr. Rucker is not the cause of her troubles."

"Mr. Rucker and his family and friends have no further comment."

ABC7 News removed the alleged victim's name from this statement.

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