Lake Region High coach accused of fondling student - FOX 13 News

Lake Region High coach accused of fondling student

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

A high school girls basketball coach is under arrest, accused of fondling a student at a Polk County school.

Deputies say Michael Cope of Winter Haven inappropriately touched a 15-year-old female student against her will at the school where he works, Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake.

Cope, 52, is the girls' varsity basketball coach at the school and an ESE aide, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators say he admitted sliding his hand over the teenager's breast on the outside of her clothes while she was serving an in-school suspension.

"I can't say that I am surprised that this happened, because you see a lot of that nowadays in high school," said Dararius Tatum, a 16-year-old student at Lake Region High.

Cope faces a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation.

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