Eaton Rapids softball coach arrested for sexual activity with player


EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (WLNS)— The Michigan State Police Department Lansing Post Friday announced 47-year-old William Steven Kunkel Jr. of Eaton Rapids was arrested and accused of sexual activity with a child.

At the time of the alleged sexual activity, Kunkel was a coach for the softball club Finesse Fastpitch, the child was a player. According to a spokesperson for Finesse Fastpitch, this would have been Kunkel’s third year with the club. He was a coach for a 16 year and under team when he started and later coached an 18 year and under team.

Police tell 6 News the relationship with the player lasted approximately 2-years, the player was a minor at the time of the abuse, and is still a minor currently.

Police first learned of the incident in December 2020. When the club learned on the allegations in December, they asked Kunkel not to return.

Kunkel was arraigned on several charges including:

  • One count of child sexually abusive activity
  • Two counts of criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree
  • Two counts of criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree

Kunkel was arraigned in the 56th District Court in Eaton County on Tuesday. He was issued $50,000 cash surety bond, with conditions.

He’s due back in court on April 12th.

Kunkel was arrested following a joint investigation with troopers from the Michigan State Police Metro South post, Lansing Post, and the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

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