A former Newcastle High School teacher and assistant football coach faces felony sexual battery charges involving a female student. In court papers filed last Friday in McClain County, 33-year-old Jared Feroli is accused of groping a female student older than 16 in his classroom.
Court papers show the incident occurred last Dec. 13.
A school custodian reported the incident and investigators say the girl admits it happened. Feroli resigned from Newcastle High School in May.
“Teachers, any public servants should be held to a standard where they take care and protect those they have authority over,” Newcastle Police Detective Kevin Morrissey said Tuesday.
Feroli makes his first court appearance on Friday.
The girl's family is also suing Feroli and the Newcastle School District in civil court.
Newcastle's Superintendent of Schools Tuesday said he had no comment.