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North Canton high school coach sent to prison on sexual battery charges released early

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 18:16:42-04

A North Canton City Schools swim coach who was sentenced to four years in prison on sexual battery charges involving former student-athletes he coached has been released early after serving less than a year in prison.

Matthew Johnsen, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual battery back in April, according to Stark County Court of Common Pleas records.

News 5 previously reported that Johnsen had been the head swimming coach at Hoover High School for around 15 years prior to his arrest in 2017. Stark County prosecutors told News 5 the charges involved two students he coached between 2006 and 2008.

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