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Perryton, TX – The FBI has disclosed that former Perryton football coach Cole Underwood, 29, is accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, identified as Jane Doe. The allegations have sparked outrage and raised concerns about the safety of students within the educational system.

Court Proceedings and Charges Against Former Perryton Football Coach

During a preliminary examination and detention hearing on Wednesday, Judge Lee Ann Reno ruled that there is sufficient evidence to send the case to a grand jury. Underwood was denied bail pending trial and faces charges of enticement and attempted enticement of a minor.

Disturbing Details Emerge Alleging Coach’s Sexual Relationship with 15-Year-Old Student

According to the criminal complaint, Underwood allegedly sneaked Jane Doe into the school after hours on multiple occasions to engage in sexual activities. The FBI alleges that the two had sex between 13 and 14 times in Underwood’s office between February and May.

Coach Alleged Divine Plan and Runaway Intentions with Minor

In a shocking revelation, FBI Special Agent Nathan Newland testified that Underwood believes “it’s God’s divine plan for them to be together.” The prosecution presented a letter allegedly written by Jane Doe, under Underwood’s instructions, expressing her desire to marry him and leave Perryton.

Previous Allegations and Potential Additional Victims of Coach Sex Abuse

The FBI disclosed that Underwood has a history of inappropriate relationships with students. During his time at Amarillo ISD, he was placed on administrative leave for allegedly talking with students on social media and flirting with some players on the volleyball team, though the district did not find evidence of wrongdoing at the time.

Furthermore, the FBI believes there could be more victims, as some have come forward since Underwood’s arrest, and others have been identified as potential individuals the FBI should interview.

Ongoing Investigation and Concerns

As the investigation continues, the FBI is still searching for potential nude photos exchanged between Underwood and Jane Doe, which could constitute child pornography under federal law. The case has raised grave concerns about the safety and well-being of students, prompting calls for increased vigilance and stricter measures to protect minors from predatory behavior within educational institutions.

Navigating Legal Recourse: An Interview on School Sex Abuse Cases

In the aftermath of the disturbing allegations against former Perryton football coach Cole Underwood, questions arise about the legal avenues available to victims of sexual abuse by authority figures in educational settings. To explore this complex issue, we sat down with Anjali Nigam, an experienced child sexual abuse attorney, to discuss the legal options and resources available to victims in these cases.

Laurence Banville, Esq.: Thank you for joining us, Anjali. This case has sparked widespread concern and outrage. Could you provide some insight into the legal avenues available to victims of sexual abuse by high school coaches?

Anjali Nigam, Esq.: Absolutely, Laurence. Victims of sexual abuse by high school coaches have several legal options to explore. First and foremost, they have the right to pursue criminal charges against the perpetrator. Additionally, civil lawsuits can be filed against the coach, the school district, and potentially other parties who may have been negligent in their duties to protect students.

Banville: What are the key elements that need to be established in such civil lawsuits?

Nigam: In civil cases, victims must demonstrate that the school district or other parties failed to exercise reasonable care in preventing or addressing the abuse. This could include a failure to properly vet employees, inadequate training or policies, or a lack of appropriate supervision and monitoring.

Banville: How can holding negligent parties accountable help victims and prevent future incidents?

Nigam: Holding negligent parties accountable serves multiple purposes. First, it provides a means for victims to seek justice and compensation for the harm they’ve endured. Additionally, it sends a strong message that such misconduct will not be tolerated and can act as a deterrent for future incidents. Successful lawsuits can also prompt institutions to implement stronger safeguards and policies to protect students.

Banville: What advice would you give to individuals who may have been victims of sexual abuse by a high school coach or other authority figure?

Nigam: My advice would be to seek support and guidance from experienced legal professionals who specialize in handling these types of cases. It’s important to understand your rights and options, as well as the potential for holding negligent parties accountable. No one should have to suffer in silence or feel powerless in the face of such egregious misconduct.

Banville: Thank you, Anjali, for sharing your valuable insights. Your expertise in this area is invaluable, and I hope this discussion empowers victims to take action and seek the justice they deserve.

Empowering Victims of School Sexual Abuse: A Call to Action

For victims of sexual abuse by high school coaches or other authority figures, the road to healing and justice can be daunting. However, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone, and there are legal professionals dedicated to fighting for your rights. If you or someone you know has been a victim of such abuse, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys will provide compassionate guidance, ensuring that your voice is heard and that those responsible are held accountable. Together, we can work towards creating a safer environment for students and sending a powerful message that such misconduct will not be tolerated.

Source:

https://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/perryton-athletic-director-football-coach-arrested-for-sexual-assault-of-a-child-cole-underwood-perryton-isd-perryton-texas#

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