Gregg "Chooch" McCoy
On Tuesday a felony warrant was issued for a Brushy Public School girls' coach.
Gregg "Chooch" McCoy, 46, of Sallisaw was charged with two felony counts related to improper conduct with a student at Brushy Public School.
According to the affidavit filed with the charges, a deputy from the Sequoyah County Sheriff's office was called to the sheriff's department on Jan. 14 to take a report from a student in reference to bullying. A note had been obtained by Carla Fivekiller, principal, that had been passed between two juvenile female students where one had warned the other "you better not tell your mom what I told you about Chooch or she will tell my mom and I will be dead."
The deputy retrieved the note from Fivekiller and spoke with the reporting juvenile who stated that she and the other girl had been fighting because the other girl had shared information about herself and Coach Chooch McCoy. The report states that the girl had been told by her friend that she had been talking and sending "nude pictures" to McCoy and that he had also sent her one "inappropriate video over Christmas break".
Both juvenile females participated in a forensic interview on Jan. 17 where more information regarding inappropriate photos and videos was revealed and alleged.
On Jan. 18 the stepmother of the juvenile who had allegedly been receiving the texts and photos from McCoy called a sheriff's deputy and stated she would like to turn over her daughter's two cell phones. According to the affidavit, the mother stated that her daughter had admitted to her that morning that there had been inappropriate texting between herself and McCoy.
Another forensic interview was scheduled for the juvenile on the same day. During that interview the juvenile went into great deal regarding the alleged video sent by McCoy over the Christmas break. She also stated that she was "afraid to tell anyone in fear of what he would do to her at school."
Also on the same day, Jan. 18, McCoy was asked to come to the sheriff's office and speak with deputies regarding the allegations. When asked if he had ever sent photos or videos to the juvenile McCoy "became nervous" and stated that he didn't "deny or confirm that photos or videos had been sent." McCoy went on to state that it was "no secret that he drinks" and he "did not remember". During the interview McCoy was asked a series of questions regarding allegations involving sending videos, texts, and photos. To each of the questions asked he either stated that he "did not remember" or that he "could not confirm nor deny", according to the report
McCoy eventually stated that he did not "like the direction this is going" and stated he would like to speak to an attorney. The deputy ended the interview at that time and seized McCoy's cell phone and it was entered into evidence.
Shortly after McCoy left the sheriff's office a call was received from Brushy Schools Superintendent Greg Reynolds stating that McCoy had came to the school and resigned his position.
Brushy Public School released the following statement: "Brushy School is committed to a safe learning environment for its students. Local law enforcement was involved after the school was notified of an allegation against an employee for inappropriate conduct with a student. The alleged employee has resigned. The District cooperated with law enforcement during its investigation of this matter. Because of the confidentiality rights of the student and the individual involved, the District cannot comment further."
McCoy was charged with two felony counts. Count 1: Lewd Molestation-a Felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 to 20 years. Count 2: Soliciting Sexual Conduct or Communication with Minor by Use of Technology-a felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years or a fine up to $10,000, or both.
KXMX News Staff
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