Former high school football coach accused of spanking and inappropriately touching teenage girls

A former Texas high school football coach was arrested after several students came forward to say he had punched or otherwise inappropriately touched them.

Sometime earlier this month, Lonnie Teagle, 39, was arrested after two girls came forward to say he beat them and was involved in other acts of sexual harassment at Patricia E. Paetow High School in Katy, Texas, where Teagle trained up last month.

On October 11, the two unnamed girls, both 15 years old, told school administrators that Teagle had begun molesting them on September 1 and made inappropriate comments at the time escalated to “inappropriate hugs”. The girls claimed that when Teagle hugged them, his hands moved to her buttocks. They also claimed he asked them not to report the petting.

Four days later, on September 5, the girls claimed Teagle pulled them onto his lap at separate times. Both girls claimed when they got back up they noticed he had an erection in his pants.

At least one of the girls claimed Teagle was erected near her several occasions. She also claimed that he once stroked her thighs and fondled her genitals on the outside of her clothing.

Perhaps the most disturbing incident happened a few days later, the girls reported. They claimed that Teagle led them to a room in the school they didn’t recognize. In that room, Teagle told them both that “he was going to beat them up,” according to court records. He then allegedly bent her over his lap and beat her three times. At the time, Teagle also reportedly asked the girls if they did liked sex and whether they had a belly button ring.

The next day, the girls claimed he brought them food from Chipotle as a peace offering, then “formally apologized” on Sept. 9. The harassment ended at that point, they explained.

Three other students reportedly came forward the day after the two 15-year-old girls spoke to campus police about Teagle’s alleged behavior. The three claimed Teagle made inappropriate comments and touched them inappropriately, but they were reluctant to report him because of his “high status at the school”.

“When my daughter came home, she told me everything,” one of the victim’s mothers told reporters. “The school never called me. Never told me anything.”

Teagle resigned as head football coach sometime in October for “personal reasons”, according to a letter from the district.

In September, several district officials filed a complaint against Teagle, accusing him of “repeatedly making them uncomfortable with his inappropriate comments, touches and mannerisms.” Students at a Denton, Texas school where Teagle trained last year also filed complaints against Teagle in October 2021, alleging that he made comments about a girl’s breasts and asked a group of female students to give him back rubs.

After his arrest, the Katy Independent School District released the following statement:

“After several weeks of multi-agency investigations, the county has been notified by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office that it has accepted the charges against former football coach Lonnie Teagle. The district takes all potential safety concerns seriously, and the individual will be removed from their assignment(s) immediately, while district staff quickly work with law enforcement and other agencies to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure the safety and well-being of all students guarantee.”

Teagle was charged with the crime of indecency with a child and inappropriate treatment of a student, records show. He was released on $30,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on February 28.

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Laura Coffey

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