Simmons teacher accused of sexual assault

By The Associated Press

HOLLANDALE, Miss. (AP) — A Simmons High School basketball coach has been suspended and placed on administrative leave for allegedly assaulting a female student.

The Delta Democrat Times reports the district’s board of trustees voted earlier this month to suspend Festus Hawkins without pay.

The board’s attorney, Bennie L. Richard, says the board has also notified the Hollandale Police Department and Department of Human Services about the allegation. Richard did not provide details of the allegation. Police have since turned over information gleaned during an investigation to the district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to prosecute.

It was not immediately known whether Hawkins has an attorney.

Superintendent James Johnson-Waldington says the district has hired two coaches to handle Hawkins’ coaching and teaching duties, pending resolution of the case.