High school coach arrested over student sex allegations

3 months 1 week 5 days ago Tuesday, May 07 2019 May 7, 2019 Tuesday, May 07, 2019 9:29:00 AM CDT May 07, 2019 in Top Stories
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An assistant high school football coach in Springfield has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual contact with a student.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 29-year-old Mikael Cooper-Falls was booked into the Greene County Jail shortly before 1 p.m. Monday. No charges were immediately filed.

The Springfield school district says Cooper-Falls is no longer a district employee. Besides coaching at Hillcrest High School, he also was a teacher's aide. The district says in a statement that it is cooperating with the investigation.

Cooper-Falls also is a former starting running back for Hillcrest's football team. He majored in criminology at Missouri State University and played on the university's football team for four seasons from 2009 through 2013.

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