Reports about teachers who are arrested on allegations of inappropriate relationships with students always make the news, so it should come as no surprise to our readers that a recent report about the arrest of a coach at a high school in Maryland is surfacing. However, everyone should remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction – the accused will have an opportunity to present a defense in court, if he so desires.
The recent report detailed how the coach, a 36-year-old man, was arrested and charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, as well as a more serious charge of second-degree assault. The recent arrest occurred after what appears to have been at least a four-month investigation, which began in February. The alleged victim is a female student at the high school.
According to the report, the coach is alleged to have touched the female student over the clothing in an inappropriate manner. The investigation culminated in an arrest warrant being issued for the coach, who was subsequently arrested on June 28.
Any type of charge involving sexual offenses can be difficult to overcome, but arrestees who find themselves in the position of this coach – the subject of extensive news coverage – have additional hurdles to overcome. As this individual plans his criminal defense strategy, the media attention his case is receiving must be taken into account. Such coverage could taint any potential pool of jurors that might hear his case at a jury trial. And the position of trust he held will also likely be taken into consideration.
Source: CBS Baltimore, “Coach Charged With Sex Offense Of Female Student,” June 29, 2017