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Investigation continues into former volleyball coach, teacher

Posted June 18, 2010
Updated August 11, 2011

— Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Friday additional charges could be filed against a former coach and educator accused of indecent liberties with a child.

John Peter Skatrud, 41, of 103 Mantle Court in Raleigh, was charged on Thursday with three counts of indecent liberties with a student and one count of sexual offense with a child.

Harrison said the charges were filed as part of an ongoing investigation.

“Anytime you're dealing with this type situation it’s going to take some time, but we continued our investigation and we got enough evidence to make some charges and the investigation is going to continue,” Harrison said.

John Peter Skatrud More charges possible against former volleyball coach

Skatrud, who coached volleyball at North Carolina State University and for the Capital City Volleyball Club, was working as a physical education teacher at Yates Mill Pond Elementary School at the time of his first arrest in February. He was indicted on two counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a student in March.

All of the charges involve victims who are 7 or 8 years old, according to authorities.

“If parents do have some concerns they can feel free to call us. If they have any information they think we should know I would prefer they call our investigation division and see what we can do,” Harrison said.

Skatrud was released Friday on a $150,000 bond.

On Friday, Skatrud's attorney, Hart Miles, appeared in court on his behalf and suggested his client might be looking for a plea agreement.

"We hope to resolve this case without a trial," Miles said.


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  • rdunham1 Jun 18, 2010

    I guess he is living back with his brother??????

  • jonnraleigh Jun 18, 2010

    Wildcat, if they did that background check on all of us school employees as you suggest, I'd wager to say you'd be the first raising cain about all the money the school system is spending.

  • sneakysboy Jun 18, 2010

    When I was right out of college I taught for a couple years in Middle School. One day I got pulled into the principals office,who informed me that a little 7th grade girl was going around telling her friends that I was coming on to her, and that her parents found out and were concerned enough to have her removed from my class. At the time, the principal and I had a good chuckle over it, but every time I read one of these stories I remember that their could be another version. Just sayin...

  • Roland K. Jun 18, 2010

    Where are the WRAL moderators when you need them? Wildcat, go home and play law and order by yourself.

  • Roland K. Jun 18, 2010

    I hate to bring this up, but these allegations could all be completely bogus. He is innocent until proven guilty.

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    Will his wife divorce him? What is his children thinking of their father now? Did he do this to his girls or boys?

  • wildcat Jun 18, 2010

    I believe the schools needs to do an UP-DATED BACKGROUND CHECK ON ALL TEACHERS before schools opens again. Children in school should be safe and not have to worry about sex addicts.