Man serving as volunteer coach arrested
by Gary Hanner
Dec 12, 2012 | 6189 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Moody man who volunteered as a football coach at Ashville High School was arrested on Dec. 6
 
Raymond Mitchell Praytor, 26, was arrested by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at his residence in Moody.
 
St. Clair County Chief Assistant District Attorney Lamar Williamson said the charge against Praytor is “school employee engaging in a sex act with a student under the age of 19.”
 
Williamson said this is a Class B Felony. If convicted, Praytor could spend 2-20 years in prison.
 
St. Clair County District Judge Alan Furr set bond for Praytor at $50,000. He bonded out Dec. 8.
 
“Praytor’s case will go before district court first, and then on to a grand jury,” Williamson said.
 
In a prepared statement, St. Clair Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals said the charges against Praytor are troubling.
 
“Words simply cannot describe my deep disappointment in these allegations,” Seals said. “We have cooperated fully, and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials during their investigation of this matter.”
 
Seals said Praytor began serving as a volunteer, part-time assistant coach at Ashville High School in July 2012.
 
“Praytor has never been an employee of the St. Clair County School System,” Seals said. “School officials have informed Praytor that he is no longer permitted to volunteer with the St. Clair County Schools.”
 
St. Clair County Board of Education member Marie Manning said she is disappointed this has occurred.
 
“We are pleased that our administration took quick action to remove this individual from our campus,” Manning said.
 
When asked if a background check had been performed on Praytor, Manning said yes.
 
“We do background checks on volunteer coaches, and it was clear,” Manning said.
 
Ashville High School Principal Patti Johnson said she is devastated concerning the entire situation.
 
“The number one goal here at Ashville High School is to protect our students,” Johnson said. “I have cooperated with the local authorities, and will continue to do so until this matter is resolved.”

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