Home Of Former Ninnekah Coach, Arrested On Complaints Of Lewd Acts, Catches On Fire

Monday, June 28th 2021, 7:38 pm

First, a Ninnekah Public School coach was arrested on a child sex crime complaint. Then his house burned to the ground.

Grady County officials said they got a call from someone informing them Ronald Akins home was on fire, but when they got there, firefighters said it was a complete loss.

"It could be possible arson," said Chief Perry Wenzel, with the Grady County Fire Department. "I mean it's all under investigation right now, it's unknown, undetermined right now."

Last week, the sheriff's office got a call from the father of a former Ninnekah Public School student.

According to police reports, the man said his daughter had been "molested on multiple occasions by a school teacher in the past, but it was just coming to light."

Read: Ninnekah Girls Basketball Coach Arrested, Held In Grady County Jail

The next day, the teen met with investigators where she told them of alleged inappropriate encounters with Akins. Monday morning his home was found burned to the ground.

"Evidently it had burnt sometime in the middle of the night last night," Wenzel said.

Wenzel said they got a call around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning that the home was already on the ground and smoldering.  No one was inside, but firefighters, along with other agencies, are investigating the cause of the fire.

"Talk to people and the ones who have actually seen something," Wenzel said.

After interviewing the former student, investigators said there was enough evidence to interview Akins. However, they said he refused to speak to anyone.

Akins was then arrested and booked into the Grady County jail on complaints of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery.

Wenzel said they should have more information about the fire after the state Fire Marshall investigation is complete.