Former W. Montgomery High Coach Zach Carr Charged With Indecent Liberties, Student's Mother Also Charged

8:17 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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Troy, NC-- Thursday, a former high school coach in Montgomery County was arrested for having sex with a student during last year's football season.

According to the Montgomery Sheriff's Office, officers received information regarding sexual misconduct between Zachary Carr, and a student at West Montgomery High School. Investigators said Carr was a coach at the school when the incidents happened.

Detectives along with the school resource officer spoke with the student who admitted to having sex on campus with the coach during last year's football season. After questioning the student, officers spoke with the student's mother who is an employee of the Montgomery County School system.

The mother of the juvenile admitted to having knowledge of the incident and not reporting it.

Deputies charge on Zachary Carr with Indecent Liberties with a Student.

The child's mother was also charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.

Zachary Carr was placed in Montgomery County Jail under a $7,500.00 secure bond.

Montgomery County Schools released this information about Carr's arrest:

Zachary Carr is a graduate of West Montgomery High School, most recently served as junior varsity football coach and head wrestling coach before resigning on January 1, 2013. He is a member of the community who was hired to coach several different sports teams which has become a common occurrence due to dwindling budgets and fewer professional staff members being available to coach.

As a part of regular procedures, Carr did undergo a background check before being hired to coach in our school system, as do all employees and volunteers.

Superintendent Dale Ellis is in the process of facilitating an Ethics Training at each school in the system to continue to stress the importance of employees maintaining a professional relationship with students at all times. Dates for the trainings were scheduled earlier in the year and are ongoing at this time. All employees are required to attend one of the trainings.

Also, a taskforce is being organized to examine ways the school district can stop the occurrences of inappropriate relationships with students. A variety of stakeholders are being invited to serve on the taskforce parents, students, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement, and others with the hope that we can look at ways to prevent these behaviors from happening in the future. The district is currently reviewing the policies pertaining to staff coverage of extracurricular activities to ensure maximum supervision and reduce the likelihood of inappropriate behaviors occurring between employees and students. We are doing a total review of how employees operate around students.

Carr's Employment as Coach at West Montgomery High:

2010-2011: Football Coach, Men's Track Coach, Assistant Wrestling Coach–(West Middle)
2011-2012: JV Head Football Coach, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Assistant Varsity Track Coach - Boys, Assistant
Varsity Track Coach - Girls
2012-2013: JV Head Football Coach, Head Wrestling Coach

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