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Former Keystone trainer arrested again for contact with woman

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    Mark Febel



ELYRIA — A former Keystone High School football trainer has been arrested for the second time in recent weeks for allegedly violating his parole by having contact with a woman he was accused of having a sexual relationship with while she was a student in the district.

Febel, 45, was arrested at 12:25 a.m. Friday by LaGrange police and transferred to Elyria police. He was being held at Lorain County Jail.

The parole violation stems from an incident Monday when he was caught having contact with the woman he’s barred from seeing, police said.

In the Monday incident, police were called to Boston Avenue for a welfare check on the woman, who’s now 19, after her parents saw her car on the street where Febel lives.

According to a police report, officers knocked on the door of the house, owned by Febel’s sister, and saw the shadows of two people moving in the backyard and the woman running from the house.

Police jumped over a fence and saw Febel standing by himself and the woman behind a shed in the backyard.

The woman was charged with obstructing official business and underage consumption, according to the report. She is not being named because she was a juvenile when the case originated, and it involved sexual abuse allegations.

The woman told police she had been drinking at a friend’s house when Febel contacted her through Snapchat. She said Febel had created a new account using his pet dog’s name to message her, according to a police report.

The report said officers on Monday were not able to obtain confirmation of the protection order issued in Tippecanoe, Ind., where he was also jailed for having contact with the woman. Febel was released but was told by police he would later be charged for violating that order if confirmed.

Febel’s legal troubles began in June 2016 when he was indicted on a charge of sexual battery for having a sexual relationship with the then-18-year-old. He pleaded guilty to an amended charge of endangering children and sentenced to three years of probation.

Even though 16 is the age of consent in Ohio, because Febel worked in the school district he was considered to be in a position of authority over the teenager, who had just turned 18 when they were caught together in a church parking lot by LaGrange police.

As a condition of Febel’s probation he was barred from seeing her, but the pair remained in contact, which led to Febel being charged in Indiana, where the victim was attending college. Febel was ordered to spend 16 days in jail in that case, according to Tippecanoe Superior Court records.

On Oct. 12, Febel was arrested by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for a community control violation, according to the state agency. The parole authority would not say where or when Febel was arrested, citing state law.

Febel was being held at the Lorain County Correctional Facility until Oct. 26 when he returned to court for a hearing on the Oct. 12 violation. He was released on the condition that he have no contact with the woman and wear a GPS ankle monitor.

Febel is due in Elyria Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Monday.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com.

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