Source: volunteer coach had full access to school building

Ronald_Wright_mugA former McNair High School volunteer coach, who is accused of sexually assaulting a student, had full access to the building, according to an anonymous source.

Ronald Wright was arrested Aug. 24 on charges of cruelty to children and sexual battery for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a female student at the school. Wright was given a $1,000 bond.

According to the arrest warrant, Wright allegedly applied muscle cream to the victim’s leg for sore muscles, and allegedly slid his hand inside her underpants without her consent and rubbed and massaged her vagina, causing severe pain.

Wright also allegedly gave the victim access to the shower, saw her naked and adjusted her bra straps after she dried off, according to the report.

The DeKalb County School District confirmed that Wright was dismissed from the school on Aug. 22.

When the story of the incident broke, a source close to the McNair football program revealed to The Champion more allegations toward Wright.

Our source, who requested to remain anonymous, said Wright has had full access to the school for seven years. Wright was not an employee of the school.

“He also had access to all of the head coaches’ keys on a daily basis,” the source said. “If (you) ask any kid from McNair they will tell (you) the same.”

The source also said when the football team was on the field for practice, Wright was allegedly in the building.

“He [even] participated in other sports around the school,” the source said. “The principal is very aware of him along with everybody else around the school.”

When The Champion brought these allegations to the school district, the district released the following statement:

“We cannot comment on a matter that is being handled by the DeKalb County criminal justice system. We will honor the rights of due process. Failure to do so may compromise the case and allow someone to avoid prosecution.”

In a letter sent home to parents about the incident, Principal Loukisha Walker said she “shares the concerns as parents about the allegations.”

“However, the allegation is not against any employee of McNair High School. It is against a volunteer for the McNair High School Athletic Program,” Walker said.

“While these events are alarming, I want every parent and student to know that we will continue to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students at McNair High. The investigation into the case is continuing, and I want to assure you that we are cooperating fully with the criminal investigation being conducted by the DeKalb County School Police Department.  Also, I have informed the volunteer not to return pending the outcome of the investigation. The safety of your children while attending our programs is my highest priority, and I will ensure that our operating protocols, training, recruiting, and monitoring procedures will be carefully reviewed and updated, if needed.”

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