A volunteer basketball coach in North Carolina has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a student.
The arrest took place after the school resource officer at Robert B. Glenn High School in Winston-Salem received a tip that the coach was sending inappropriate texts to a student. The information was passed on to investigators who gathered further evidence and charged the suspect, Brandon Lamont Mock, 37, with four counts of felony sexual activity with a student.
Mock turned himself into the sheriff’s office on Wednesday and was released on a $15,000 secured bond. His schedule to appear in court is on Thursday.
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Although he was not an official employee of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools district, he had been volunteering as a coach for the men’s basketball team since 2021. The district released an official statement through a press release that Mock was already removed from the campus and would no longer work with the district.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office released a statement thanking those involved in removing a “predator from our community” and saving “our most valued asset, our children.” Superintendent Tricia McManus added that the district takes allegations like this very seriously and any behavior harmful to students will not be tolerated.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Sheriff’s Office has not yet made any further comment. However, this arrest has caused shock and outrage in the community, with many parents demanding justice and calling for stricter measures to protect students from sexual abuse. The arrest serves as a reminder that all individuals, including volunteers, who interact with students must be held to the highest standards of conduct.
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