The football coach at George Jenkins High School was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with having sex with one of his 17-year-old female students.
Investigators say Matt Thompson had sex with the young woman in his apartment at least twice in the last few weeks.
It was the buzz at George Jenkins, and on Facebook when students found out.
"He was flirty with the students, but I just thought that was his personality," said Shelby Hallman, a Jenkins student. "I didn't think he was going to go further with it."
But investigators say he did, and they have evidence to help prove it.
"We have a recorded conversation where he admitted to having sex with a child," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. "He (Thompson) said, 'If you tell anyone, I will lose my job. If you tell anyone, I will go to jail.' I can't speak for his job, but I can tell you that he is going to jail."
Thompson is now charged with two felonies. Each one carries up to 30 years in prison. He was already on the radar for another unrelated issue. Several athletes left George Jenkins High School for Lakeland High School last year, because they say Thompson harassed them.
On campus, Thompson was known as "The Dude," because he horsed around with the teens and seemed to want to be their friend.
"He was always acting like we were, instead of acting like the grown adult in the position," Joghua Lones, a student, said.
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