Second Tri-West coach accused of misconduct with minor

Second Tri-West coach accused of misconduct

LIZTON, Ind. (WISH) — A second athletic coach at a central Indiana school embroiled in a sexual misconduct controversy has been accused of inappropriate behavior with a minor, administrators confirmed Thursday.

The varsity volleyball coach at Tri-West High School faces disciplinary action for improper communication with a minor, according to interim principal Kelly Simpson.

Administrators declined to confirm if the coach had been terminated.

The accusations against the coach include Snapchatting a girl enrolled in a Boone County school, parents and staff told News 8.

A spokesperson for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office confirmed authorities were aware of the allegations and had opened a criminal investigation into the matter.

Accusations against the volleyball coach surfaced days after the North West Hendricks School Corporation’s superintendent, Michael Springer, abruptly resigned

Parents, staff and community members suspected Springer had been “pushed out” after clashing with school board members over the handling of sexual misconduct allegations against the Tri-West football coach, Tyler Bruce.

Board members did not immediately respond to requests for comment from News 8.

No criminal charges had been filed Thursday against Bruce or the volleyball coach.