Robert Leslie Morrow, a one-time varsity wrestling coach at the school in Woodstock, was found guilty of felony sexual assault by a person of authority Thursday by a Cherokee County jury, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Morrow was arrested Aug. 11, 2011, by the Woodstock Police Department after allegations surfaced he had sexual contact with the student in December 2010. As an investigation was ramping up the month before his arrest, Morrow, then 28 and a Canton resident, resigned after working at River Ridge as a wrestling coach and paraprofessional since 2009, according to the Cherokee School District.
Authorities said at the time of the incident the contact took place in Morrow’s car outside a business complex in the River Park subdivision off Sixes Road. It was believed to be a one-time incident, police said.
Morrow was released from the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on the day of his arrest on $11,200 bond and later pleaded not guilty, authorities said.
After his conviction Thursday, Morrow was arrested and taken back to the jail to await sentencing, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
District Attorney Shannon Wallace said the former coach is set to be sentenced March 14 in Cherokee County Superior Court. According to Georgia law, he faces between one and 25 years.
The teen also reported having an encounter with Morrow to Kristin May, a teacher at the school, a month after it occurred, but May never contacted authorities, police said. May was charged with failing to report the crime, and has a court date March 10, records show.
Before being hired at River Ridge, Morrow had worked as a paraprofessional at Creekview High School and served as a wrestling lay coach there from August 2003 through February 2007, officials said.
Reports show 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.