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Charges possible after State Police investigate volunteer coach

HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There are new developments after Michigan State Police opened an investigation into a volunteer assistant coach accused of hosting an underage drinking party.

Hastings Athletic Director Mike Goggin says there were about a dozen students at the party last month, many of them athletes.

So far, the coach in question has been suspended and asked not to participate in team activities.

Tuesday night, Newschannel 3 was able to confirm that the investigation has been completed and was submitted to the Barry County Prosecutor's Office for review.

A source tells Newschannel 3 that charges are expected to be issued Wednesday against a handful of students for minor in possession, along with more serious charges for the coach.

It's been nearly two weeks since Goggins learned that one of his volunteer assistant soccer coach was under investigation by state police.

"I was actually contacted by the head coach, who had been contacted by two of his girls," Goggin said. "They were kind of turning themselves in, so to speak."

Goggin told Newschannel 3 that the volunteer coach was immediately suspended from all involvement with the program.

"There really wasn't too much of an explanation," he said. "He did make the statement that he understood that this would look bad for himself and for our program, and apologized for that."

Goggins says now, he's just waiting to see if the Barry County Prosecutor issues charges. If charges do come down, Goggins says he will sever any sport relationship with the coach.

"We wouldn't allow him back as part of our program for a long time," he said.

A source does indicate to Newschannel 3 that charges will be issued Wednesday, and when we know what those charges are, we'll publish the information accordingly.