Former River Ridge wrestling coach heads to trial on sex charge
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By Joshua Sharpe

jsharpe@cherokeetribune.com

CANTON — A former River Ridge High School coach and paraprofessional accused of having sex with a 16-year-old female student is set to report for trial Monday.

Robert Leslie Morrow, 30, a former varsity wrestling coach at the school in Woodstock, is scheduled to appear in Cherokee County Superior Court on Monday and face a felony sexual assault charge, said District Attorney Shannon Wallace.

Morrow, who is no longer employed by the Cherokee County School District, was arrested Aug. 11, 2011, by the Woodstock Police Department after allegations surfaced that he had sex with the student in 2010. Authorities said the incident took place in Morrow’s car outside a business complex in the River Park subdivision off Sixes Road in December 2010.

He pleaded not guilty Dec. 16, 2011, Wallace said.

School District Spokesperson Barbara Jacoby said Morrow resigned from River Ridge effective July 29, 2011.

Also in late July 2011, detectives with the Woodstock Police Department began an investigation when the student reported the alleged crime, which authorities said was believed to be a one-time incident.

The teen also reported having sex with Morrow to Kristin May, a teacher at the school, a month after it occurred, but she never contacted authorities, police said. May was charged with failing to report the crime, records show. She later resigned, Jacoby said.

Morrow was hired by the Cherokee County School District in 2008 and began work at River Ridge as a wrestling coach and paraprofessional in 2009, Jacoby said.

According to reports, Morrow was also a star wrestler while attending Sequoyah High School, where he took home three state championships. He received his last title in 2001, making him the first Cherokee County wrestler to win three state honors.

Morrow was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on the day of his arrest on $11,200 bond, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

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