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Polk Coach Arrested

Polk Coach Arrested

Winter Haven, Fla.-(970 WFLA)-Polk deputies have arrested the Lake Region High School Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach for touching a 15 year-old student against her will.

Fifty two year-old Michael Cope of Winter Haven is charged with Lewd/Lascivious Molestation after an investigation revealed he intentionally and inappropriately touched the teen at school.

Deputies called Cope to the Polk County Sheriff's Operations Center to talk with detectives about the allegations.  Cope was arrested during that interview.

In addition to coaching basketball, Cope is an ESE para-instructor at the high school.


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