Former coach pleads no contest


A Fostoria City Schools paraprofessional and coach who was fired in July after being accused of sending a nude photo of himself to two of his track athletes pleaded no contest to charges in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Nelson J. Cousin, 28, of Fostoria, was charged with three counts of contributing to the unruliness of a minor, four counts of child endangering and one count of prohibitions concerning companion animals, first-degree misdemeanors.

He pleaded no contest and was found guilty in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court, court records state.

Judge Mark Repp sentenced him to 180 days in jail, with 170 suspended, court records state. Cousin was placed on non-reporting probation.

The school board took action to fire him from his positions as a paraprofessional and coach, a district spokeswoman had said.

Cousin had been accused of sending a nude photo of himself to a 17-year-old girl and encouraging her to send sexually related photographs of herself to him, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court paperwork.

He also was accused of asking a 14-year-old girl to send “naughty” pictures of herself to him and sending nude pictures of himself to another 17-year-old girl, court records state.

Fostoria Police Department executed a search warrant at Cousin’s residence at 118 E. Fourth St., Fostoria, in April.

Court records state officers found trash throughout the residence and a dead and decayed dog in a bedroom. The fire department personnel used an oxygen mask to remove it, they state.

Cousin surrendered another dog to Humane Society of Seneca County.