A one-time North Carolina baseball Coach of the Year was arrested Tuesday and charged after the Lenoir County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office received word Monday of an inappropriate sexual relationship between the coach and a student.
Donell Garris resigned after allegations were brought that he had engaged in sexual activity with a student on school property.
“We’re not able to determine how long it was going on at this point, but we were able to determine that there was a relationship,” Major Ryan Dawson said, according to WITN.com. “There was sexual activity and that it had occurred very recently.”
According to police, someone alerted the school principal after seeing Garris, who was also a teacher at North Lenoir (La Grange, N.C.) High, leave the school with a student. The scene, according to this person, looked suspicious.
The school released a statement that read, in part, “The school system takes any concerns and complaints regarding the conduct of school system employees seriously and takes appropriate action.”
Garris is out of jail after posting $100,000 bond. He briefly appeared in court Wednesday morning.