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H.S. Assistant Football Coach Out Of Job; Two Others Suspended Over Alleged Sex Offense

Posted October 17, 2003

— Cumberland County school officials said an assistant football coach at E.E. Smith High School does not work there anymore.

Coach Floyd Mason was orginally suspended, but as of Thursday, was no longer employed at the school.

Head coach Milton Butts and assistant coach John McDonald are suspended.

The suspensions may be connected to the investigation of a sex offense involving McDonald's son, even though officials are no longer looking into the matter.

A report filed with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office shows 20-year-old John McDonald Jr. was accused of committing a sexual offense on a 15-year-old female.

School officials would only say there is an investigation into inappropriate conduct that allegedly took place on school grounds between a student and a non-student.

Cumberland County investigators said the case is closed for lack of evidence.

"We have no evidence to prove a crime has been committed at all -- not even statutory rape or indecent liberties. There is just no evidence to show any crime was committed," said Maj. Sam Pennica of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

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