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Published on February 23, 2024
Lawrence High School Coach Charged with Sexual Assault on Student in MassachusettsSource: Facebook/Manchester NH Police

A high school basketball coach is now facing charges for sexually assaulting a student. Jesus Moore, the 34-year-old coach at Lawrence High School, is accused of a predatory attack on a minor dating back to 2022. Charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault, Moore surrendered to the authorities in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday.

Reports from the NBC Boston indicate that Moore allegedly lured the female student to Manchester, providing alcohol before carrying out the assault at a local motel. With the victim being a minor at the time, the incident signals a gross abuse of power and trust vested in a figure meant to embody both mentorship and leadership. Lawrence Public Schools, faced with this grim revelation, placed the staff member on administrative leave, announcing, "They said they will have "no additional comment on ongoing police and personnel matters."

According to a CBS News report, the tip-off to Manchester Police came courtesy of SafeSport, an organization dedicated to eradicating abuse in the sporting community. The group's involvement suggests the deep-seated need for vigilance and action against such violations. Adding to Moore's profile, his LinkedIn page boasts of his position as the head boys' basketball coach since 2018 and his tenure as a gym teacher at Lawrence High School since 2017.

Moore was released on a $1,000 cash bail. Facing the judiciary on March 27 at the Manchester District Court.