(1-28-21) Former Marion High School guidance counselor and Head Football Coach Ryan Vermilion (46) of Marion is facing a federal indictment alleging he made child pornography.
Ryan Vermilion was first arrested in February 2020 on numerous child sex crime charges.
Police said Vermilion was a school counselor with the Marion High School corporation when he allegedly had an inappropriate online relationship with a Wells County minor and enticed the minor to send him explicit pictures in early 2020.
Vermilion’s alleged relationship with a Wells County middle school student started in December and posed as a teenage boy named “Will Ryan” on Omegle, a free online chat website that allows users to socialize with one another without registering any information.
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Vermilion also coached at New Castle, Edinburgh, Winchester and was hired at Marion in 2013.
According to a press release from 2013 –
Marion High School alum Ryan Vermilion, Class of ’92’, is the new Head Coach for the Giants.
Coach Vermilion is not only a former Giant athlete, but has also had several years of coaching experience in Marion’s football program. From the 1998-2004 he took on several coaching roles such as defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, linebacker coach and strength and condition coach.
Vermilion then became a head coach when he accepted a position at Edinburgh High School. He coached there for two years before moving on to Winchester High School as the Head Coach. While at Winchester, Coach Vermilion started a youth program as a feeder system for the varsity program.
The summer of 2012 Coach Vermilion decided to come back to Marion High School. He accepted an assistant coaching position and worked with quarterbacks, running backs and defensive backs.
A federal grand jury indicted Vermilion with a single count of producing child pornography. A FBI investigation secured information with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and Wells County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.