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Sexual Battery Charges Filed Against Cross Country Coach

A dark day for Huntington North High School as sexual battery charges were filed against long-time teacher and girls cross country and track coach Donald Cotton.
A dark day for Huntington North High school as sexual battery charges were filed against long-time teacher and girls cross country and track coach Donald Cotton.

"It's pretty surprising, "said Huntington North alum Dennis Bellam. He was shocked as he reads the list of charges that the 68 year old is accused of. "I think its a good thing parents find out."

The once decorated coach allegedly met a student in the parking lot back in August of this year and asked to kiss her.  She refused and Cotton proceeded to rub her leg and guide the students hand towards his private parts and touch her breast according to court documents.

WFFT Local News has been following this since September.  We contacted the Superintendent of the school district who says Cotton handed in his resignation August 30th--1 day after the alleged incident.  He was then fired weeks later.

Cotton told police in an interview shortly after the incident 'It's just one of those things; it happened. I didn't control myself for a few seconds.'  

Another student athlete came forward accusing the coach of making her feel uncomfortable when she was running back in 2005. Court documents say the student was short of breath and Cotton rubbed her back and pressed himself against her bottom.  When interviewed by police about this incident, Cotton says he thought the student was hyperventilating and he was just trying to help her.  He added that he may have inadvertently pressed his private parts against her while she was bent over.

Huntington County Community School Corporation released this statement that reads in part "HCCS administrators took an active role in filing a police report on August 29th of suspected criminal activity occurring on HCCSC property" Cotton was arrested but posted a $10,000 bond.
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