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Ex-Johnston cheerleading coach accused of sexual relationship with underage girl

Posted April 30, 2018 4:40 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:12 a.m. EDT

— A former Johnston County cheerleading coach is facing several charges in connection with a sexual relationship with an underage girl during a string of incidents that date back to 2016, authorities said Monday.

Jacob Parton

Jacob Alan Parton, 23, who worked as a coach at Premier Athletics in Clayton, has been charged with two counts of statutory rape of a child younger than 15, two counts of statutory sexual offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, said Johnston County Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

Premier Athletics is part of a national chain that trains cheerleaders, gymnasts, dancers and power tumblers, according to its website. According to reports, Parton no longer works at the facility as of last year.

Caldwell said the mother of the underage girl is also facing charges because she knew of the relationship but did not report it to authorities.

Parton is expected to stand trial on the allegations on May 7.

According to court records, the first offense occurred on March 1, 2016, and Parton was formally charged on Dec. 5, 2017.