Kent City trainer charged in cases involving students

Justin Greenlaw
A mug shot of Justin Greenlaw from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An athletic trainer accused of acting inappropriately during sessions with clients now faces additional charges, including a sexual assault charge, for alleged crimes involving Kent City High School students.

Justin Greenlaw was arraigned Wednesday on charges in three new cases involving three separate victims, all of whom are Kent City students. In both the first and second cases, he was charged with using a computer to commit a crime and capturing an image of an unclothed person. In the third case, he was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct using force or coercion.

Greenlaw, who worked for Spectrum Health, has been contracted out by Kent City High School to work as its athletic trainer for the past three years.

The 27-year-old from Grand Rapids already faced two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and capturing/distributing the image of an unclothed person. Those charges stem from complaints by two employees of a company with which Greenlaw had contracted. They said he had acted inappropriately during their sessions with him.

According to probable cause documents for the first two cases, when police searched his cellphone, they found photos and videos that showed Greenlaw inappropriately touching two high school students who were partially unclothed. The court documents said the girls were unaware they were being photographed or recorded.

Probable cause documents for the CSC case were not available Wednesday.

Kent City Community Schools Superintendent Mike Weiler said Spectrum Health drafted guidelines for appropiate trainer conduct that the district is now revising. He said the guidelines will be given to all student athletes and posted in the locker rooms so kids know what to expect with athletic training and when something’s wrong.

“This is a violation of trust. We trust that adults — and our kids do, too — are going to treat them appropriately,” Weiler said. “The hope is in the future we can reduce the potential for situation like this to take place again in our school.”

Greenlaw had been released from jail on bond in connection to the first set of charges, but according to online jail records was back behind bars Tuesday.

The using a computer to commit a crime charges are seven-year felonies and capturing an image of an unclothed person is a five-year felony. The CSC charge is punishable by up to two years in prison.

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