Shea Everette Spencer
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Troup County Sheriff's Office

High school swim coach arrested, accused of sexually assaulting student

The head coach of a Georgia high school swim team has been arrested after investigators said he sexually assaulted a teenage student. 

Callaway High School teacher Shea Everette Spencer, 28, of Columbus, inappropriately touched the student several times since the beginning of the school year, Troup County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Stewart Smith said Tuesday in a news release.

Spencer is listed on the school’s website as the swim coach for the 2018-19 academic year.

The sheriff’s office opened an investigation March 13 after receiving a referral from the Division of Family and Children Services, Smith said.

Investigators spoke with the teenage girl, “the educator whom she initially told this information to, and other student witnesses,” according to the sheriff’s office.

No other details about the investigation were released. 

Spencer was booked into the Troup County Jail on a charge of sexual assault, Smith said. He was released Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Yolanda Stephen, a spokeswoman for Troup schools, said in a statement that students are the school system’s top priority and “we take any allegations of misconduct seriously.”

“Anytime an employee is under investigation they are removed from the classroom. As this is considered an ongoing investigation, this is all the information we can provide at this time,” she said.

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