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Former coach faces child sex charges

JONESBORO — A former Mount Zion High School assistant football coach has been indicted on four child sex charges.

Charles Lavora Jackson, 47, is being held in Clayton County Jail on $40,000 bond. He was removed from the coaching staff in September 2012 after allegations of misconduct surfaced.

Jackson faces two counts each of sexual assault on a person under his supervisory or disciplinary authority and sexual battery in the Aug. 31, 2012, allegations. The Feb. 26 indictment alleges Jackson inappropriately touched a student under 16.

The student is not being identified because she is an alleged sexual assault victim.

Clayton County sheriff’s investigators began looking into the allegations in early September 2012. Within days, Jackson was removed from his duties as assistant football coach.

At the time, sheriff’s Capt. Brian Crisp confirmed the investigation and said several witnesses had been interviewed. Crisp said the allegations against Jackson were the first he was aware of made against the coach.

According to jail records, Jackson was living in Miami, Fla., at the time of his arrest last week. A search of teacher certification records maintained by Florida Department of Education shows nothing linking Jackson to any educator positions in that state.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being represented by an attorney from the Clayton County Public Defenders Office in Jonesboro.