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Louisiana cheer coach accused of sexual harassment resigns

February 9, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A part-time cheerleading coach at a Louisiana college has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports James Smith, who’s also the principal of Brookstown Middle School, resigned from Southern University last week. Southern University spokeswoman Janene Tate says two students have accused Smith, who worked with university’s cheerleaders for more than 20 years, of “inappropriate sexual contact.”

Tate says SU is conducting an internal investigation even though Smith resigned immediately after learning of the allegations.

East Baton Rouge Parish School System spokesman Taylor Gast says Smith still is the principal of the middle school and that the system didn’t know about any allegations against him.

Tate says SU will complete its internal investigation in 60 days per federal Title IX requirements.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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