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Chestatee High coach charged with sexually assaulting student at school
Webster Daniel suspended by school district last week, case referred to Sheriff's Office
Webster Daniel 2017
Webster Daniel

The Chestatee High School basketball coach suspended last week has been arrested and charged with sexual assault against a female student.

Webster Demetrius Daniel, 42, of Oakwood was arrested Tuesday night by Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with sexual assault against a student, a felony, and misdemeanor sexual battery. The alleged incident took place at Chestatee High School, according to a police report.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, on Nov. 16 Daniel “engaged in unwanted sexual contact with a juvenile female enrolled as a student.”  

He was arrested at his Oakwood home and has since bonded out of jail. He did not return a call for comment.

Daniel, coach of the War Eagles’ girls basketball team, was suspended by school administrators Nov. 17 and his case turned over to law enforcement.

School district spokesman Gordon Higgins said the allegations were first reported on the morning of Nov. 17.

A school resource officer, who is an employee of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, took a statement from the student and forwarded it to the sheriff’s office.  

“Whenever there’s any kind of a report that a student may be in danger, we act on that immediately,” Hall Superintendent Will Schofield said, adding that Daniel was “removed from the presence of students” within two hours of the allegations being made. “We will always err on the side of the students whenever we have even an inkling that (they) might be in danger.”

School administrators also opened their own investigation, and Higgins said officials will continue to provide “needed support and cooperation to law enforcement officials.”

Daniel has submitted his resignation, according to Higgins, and the Hall County Board of Education is expected to act on his employment status during a meeting scheduled for Monday.

Chris Guthrie was named interim coach of the Chestatee girls team and will continue in this role along with assistant coaches Leigh Wilson, Robert Hernandez and Lauren Pounds.

“As a district, we are truly saddened by the incident because the care and safety of our students is our top priority,” Higgins said. “We commend the Chestatee High School administration for working as a team with their school resource officer to give these serious allegations the immediate attention (they) deserved.”