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Judge: Ex-coach accused of sex crimes can talk with student

Posted January 28, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— A former Louisburg High School coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a student can remain in contact with her if he wants.

Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan on Friday granted a motion by the student's parents for limited telephone contact between the 17-year-old girl and James Collier, who coached football and was the school's athletic director until he resigned last month.

James Collier Teen can contact former coach accused of sex crimes

Morgan said Wednesday that the girl's parents told him she was at least a few months pregnant and that she was depressed, not eating well and was not taking prescribed prenatal vitamins.

After a thorough analysis of the matter, Morgan said, he allowed contact for the best interest of the girl and her unborn child.

He could not say whether Collier is the child's father.

According to Morgan's order, the girl and Collier can talk a maximum of one hour per day on her parents' land-line telephone as long as the call is monitored by at least one of her parents.

Collier also has the right to decline any calls and to end the calls at any time, the order states.

Collier, 40, of 401 W. Noble St., Louisburg, was arrested earlier this month following an investigation by Louisburg police and the State Bureau of Investigation.

He faces felony charges of sexual offense on a student and taking indecent liberties with a student. He is out of jail on a $5,000 bond.

Police have not said how long the alleged sexual relationship might have lasted, and they declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.

Collier could not be reached for comment, and the girl's family's attorney declined to comment.

The criminal case against Collier will continue, but Franklin County District Attorney Samuel Currin declined to comment about it or Morgan's ruling.

"It was the judge's decision, and we have to respect that," he said.

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  • southerngurl1212 Jan 30, 2009

    So just b/c the students at LHS say its not the first time he has done this that makes it true. So beth6 you believe anything you hear, so if i told everyone that you are sleeping with a married man that would make it true right? There is this term called a Rumor not sure if you have ever heard of it before so let me tell you what it means. A rumor is a nonfact or lie that people start meaning it has not truth to it. Of course the students would start adding fuel to the fire they are teenagers that is what they do. I know for a fact that this is the first time this has ever happen. So please be a adult for once and stop telling things that you can not prove.

  • SEOpro Jan 30, 2009

    It's interesting how people keep referring to this as a "mistake".

    Train wreck? Yes. Mistake? No.

  • beth6 Jan 30, 2009

    When a public school teacher in authority over MANY students becomes charged with 2 sex crime felonies against a STUDENT based on evidence, it is not rocket science that:
    1. It is EVERY parents business
    2. He has molested a student (child molester)

    And if you talk to the students at LHS, you will find out that she isn't the first or only one.

  • southerngurl1212 Jan 30, 2009

    I dont understand how you people can be so cruel to someone that never did anything to you. Their actions had nothing to do with any of you. Collier has lost enough i believe he has been punished enough. The girl is punishing herself b/c of people like you all ripping her apart. How is this justice by people let all of you bad mouthing them. What gives you all the right to judge them. The last time I checked that is why we have judges and lawyers so why dont you all get a life and stay out of theirs.

  • Dixiehazel Jan 30, 2009

    Enough is enough! James is a relative of mine he is not a child molester he does not stalk children. He is a good person who has made a mistake but it takes 2 to do so. Maybe if the girl's parents would've parented her and kept and eye on her this wouldn't have happened. I'm not saying James didn't make an err in judgement because he did and now he'll pay for it for a long time not to mention that he has broken up his marriage for some boost to his ego. I just think the girl and her parents are to be blamed also.

  • oldfirehorse Jan 30, 2009

    Wonder if the judge/her parents will let her visit him in prison? There would be glass between them and phone to talk on.

  • beth6 Jan 29, 2009

    Oh - and southergurl - "first of all the girl really isnt a victim since she didnt press any chargers nor did her parents"

    Yes she is a victim. She is a victim of a very "old in age" but obviously not mature adult that broke the law by not putting her in her place as a STUDENT. HE is charged with teaching our children how to act, behave and perform in society. He failed by breaking the law. She is his victim.

    Her parents are also guilty of NEGLECT by not pressing charges against the law-breaker for violiating their daughter in a situation that is a FELONY. 2 felony counts to be exact.

    You can not justify crime. It's like trying to explain why the criminal had to shoot the store owner because the store owner was trying to protect his store. You just can't justify the CRIME.

  • beth6 Jan 29, 2009

    I've been watching this story on this and other boards and quite frankly, I can not understand why people can not separate their own personal feelings from the matters of THE LAW.

  • SEOpro Jan 28, 2009

    I will break it down for you, MorrisseyMusings.

    18 is the age that the LAW has set for taking on legal responsibilities.

    So - are you above the law now?

    If you don't want sick comments on the board, then don't post about your illicit "luv affair" with an adult when you were even younger than your "15 or 16" age, that you posted, even though you don't believe in arbitrary numbers.

    You break down your own arguments.

    The law that was broken has nothing to do with age. Parents are to be confirmed in the fact that they can trust the law to protect any school student from abuse of power by custodians in charge of their children.

  • Raggedy Jan 28, 2009

    Since when it is OK for a teacher to do this? He was a teacher for gosh sakes. Evidently some of the ones posting on here do not have kids.

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