LaFayette High School Coach Resigns Amid Sex Allegations

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 2/04/2013 6:29 pm
Norman Hodge, 42, a former teacher and coach at LaFayette High School could be spending one to 25 years behind bars, and or facing a $100,000 fine if convicted of having sex with a student.

Sheriff Steve Wilson, with the Walker County Sheriff's Department, says, "There was enough probable cause to the deputy and to the investigator that lead to the arrest."

The arrest came friday and the charges include two counts of sexual assault by an authority figure.

Wilson adds, "We're not going into the evidence or speaking about the evidence in the case at this time."

Deputies have reason to believe Hodge had sex with a 17-year-old girl twice during Christmas break.

However, not on school property or during a school activity.

Wilson says, "It's an unfortunate thing that happened."

The Walker County School Superintendent would not talk to News 12 on camera, but did issue this statement.

It says Hodge resigned from his position, and local authorities are now handling this situation.

Wilson adds, "The legislature has seen fit to make this a very serious crime."

Now, the because the law calls Hodge an authority figure, it is a crime for him to have sex with any student at the school, no matter what age she is.

And as of three years ago, the law prohibits those authority figures from saying "she consented," and then using that as a defense.

Hodge posted a $5,000 bond on Saturday.

He could not be reached for comment.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office says Hodge also has a prior record in Whitfield County.

They say in 2008, he was accused of having alcohol on school grounds.
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