Bond set for Daviess County coach

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - A judge has set the bond at $6000 for a Daviess County coach charged with sex abuse of a minor.

Billy Cooper, a coach at the Apollo High School in Owensboro is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old student.

The judge also said if he does make bail, he will basically be under house arrest. He will have to stay at his house until the next court date in July. No social media. No job hunting. He will only be allowed to leave for certain exceptions, such as church or a doctors visit. Also he will not be allowed to have any contact with minors.

This all started when the Owensboro Police Department was contacted in April by social services in reference to the sexual abuse of a juvenile. A detective was assigned to investigate the allegations.

As a result of that investigation, Cooper has been charged with 1st degree sexual abuse, a class d felony (enhanced to class c felony);  tampering with physical evidence, a class d felony; and possession of matter portraying sex performance by minor.

DCPS tells 14 News that Cooper was terminated back in April. This after an investigation into an accusation Cooper had sex with a 17-year-old student.

"The allegation was brought to our attention when we returned from spring break," said Mike Gray, DCPS Interim Superintendent.

"These all occurred between the first day of February 2012 and tenth day of March 2012," said Commonwealth Attorney Bruce Kuegel.

The Daviess County Public School System says the 29-year-old coach passed a background check when he was hired in 2005.

"In this case, the background check that we would use for an instructional assistant would be a state and local criminal check on them. Mr. Cooper had been an instructional assistant in the special needs department as well he'd been an assistant coach at Apollo High School," Gray said.

In April, DCPS turned the allegations over to the Owensboro Police Department. After a lengthy investigation, on Thursday, Cooper was arrested by OPD after being indicted by the Daviess County Grand Jury. Cooper was taken to the Daviess County Detention Center where he's being held on a $30,000 cash bond.

"We treat everything as serious. We report it to the proper authorities and then we fully cooperate in any manner we can. The safety of our students is always our number one concern," Gray said.

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