Local speed skating coach charged with sexual assault of teen skater

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A local speed skating coach has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage skater.

Matthew A. Kitzis, 30, is charged with Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 and Sexual Assault of a Child by a Person Who Works or Volunteers with Children. Both counts are felonies.

An investigation into a report of child sexual assault began in September 2018. Kitzis was a coach for an organized speed skating team based out of Kaukauna. An underage speed skater told someone that she had been sexually assaulted by the coach.

In October, police interviewed the alleged victim. At that time, she denied that there was sexual contact.

On February 11, the girl spoke with a school resource officer at her school and said "she wanted to tell the truth about what happened."

The teen said Kitzis had been her coach for several years. In May 2016, when she was 15, she was watching a movie at Kitzis' home. The girl said they had sex on his bed, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News. She told police she blamed herself and believed she had put herself in that situation.

The teen said there was another sexual encounter in March of 2017, around the time she turned 16. The girl stated they had sex between five and 10 times from March 2017 to February 2018. During this time, Kitzis was the alleged victim's speed skating coach. The assaults happened at his home in Kaukauna, the victim said.

Police spoke with five witnesses--three of them who attended a national speed skating tournament. One of the witnesses saw Kitsiz in a hotel room with a juvenile girl. The girl was in bed.

Another person at the tournament saw two juvenile girls resting their heads in the coach's lap. He also saw the coach massaging young girls and playing with their hair.

A third person at that tournament saw Kitzis rubbing shoulders of the young girls and stroking their hair. The woman said that "his actions creeped some of the parents out."

A friend of the victim said that girl confided in him that she had sexual contact with Kitzis. The witness said Kitzis denied having sex with her, but said they "had a thing."

Another friend of the alleged victim said that she admitted to having sexual contact with Kitzis on "numerous occasions." The friend said the victim was afraid to come forward because she was worried about people at school and those involved in speed skating would find out.

Police spoke with Kitzis. He denied having sex with any of the skaters he coached. He admitted to sharing a room with juvenile girls at the national tournament in Nebraska. He also told police that he shared a bed with a juvenile girl during the tournament. He said he was trying to save money.

Investigators say screen shots of Facebook conversations with the victim and Kitzis allude to a relationship.

Charges were filed in Outagamie County Court on March 6. Kitzis posted a $15,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12.