Donald Cotton, Huntington, Indiana (charged Nov 2013)

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    Donald Cotton, teacher & track coach at Huntington North High School, Huntington Community School Corporation, Huntington, Indiana, "charged with sexual battery, a class D felony, and two counts of battery, a class B misdemeanor"

    Indiana News Center: Former Huntington Teacher/Track Coach Charged With Sexual Battery (Nov 15 2013)

    [She #1 says:] According to court documents, a woman reported that she met Cotton in the Huntington North H.S. parking lot and sat with him inside of his vehicle. The woman said he gave her a hug and said he "wished" to kiss her. She says she told Cotton "no" and he advanced and she turned her head and he kissed her on the cheek. The woman said he rubbed her arm and commented on how soft they were, then asked if she shaved her legs and if they were as soft, and then began rubbing her leg. She said she needed to leave and when Cotton hugged her he began rubbing one of her breasts with his hand and nuzzled her neck and kissed her on the cheek and neck. He then tried to guide her hand to his privates and when his cell phone rang she got out of the car.

    [He says:] On August 30th, Cotton told Huntington Police that he asked her to kiss him and she said no and that when she was getting ready to leave, he gave her a hug and touched her breast. According to court documents Cotton described it as "it's just one of those things; it happened. I didn't control myself for a few seconds." Cotton denied trying to put her hand on his privates but admitted that he could understand how she saw it as that as he was trying to answer his phone.

    [She #2 says:] On Sept. 9th a second woman told police about a time when she was running at cross country practice and Cotton touched her. She said she stopped running and bent over to catch her breath and Cotton approached her from behind and started rubbing her lower back with his hand and pressed his privates against her bottom. She told police that she reported feeling uncomfortable to the Principal and Athletic Director soon after the incident. The second woman said that Cotton asked her to come into the coach's office and apologized to the second woman if he made her feel uncomfortable and said "you have to realize, in the mirror I'm an old man, but inside I'm still a young boy".

    [He says:] Cotton confirmed that he was the cross country coach at the time and the woman was a student athlete. He told police he remembered the incident and that he was attempting to help her and lift her arms above her head because he thought she was hyperventilating. He told police he didn't intend to press his privates against her but may have inadvertently done this when trying to help.

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    Indiana News Center: Former Huntington Track Coach Banned From School Grounds (VIDEO) (Oct 8 2013)

    A former Huntington North High School track and cross country coach has been kicked off school grounds. Don Cotton resigned August 30. He's been a coach for the district for 44 years. He is also a retired teacher from the district. According to the superintendent, an incident happened on school grounds August 29. It was in early September when the district issued a no trespass order against Cotton.

    Huntingtonian: Cotton, former adjunct, banned from high school campus after undisclosed incident (Oct 9 2013)

    Don Cotton, former adjunct english professor at the university, has been banned from the campus of Huntington North High School after an incident at the school ... According to an article from Indiana News Center, Cotton resigned from the Huntington school district Aug. 30. The article said that an incident happened on the high school’s grounds Aug. 29 and in early September, the district issued a no trespass order against Cotton. The no trespass order will continue to be enforced.

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    Cotton taught two sections of Academic Writing and Research at the university. Cathy Trout, administrative assistant to the senior vice president of academic affairs, emailed students in the class Sept. 10 that the class was “canceled the rest of the week.” Students were later informed Sept. 12 by an email from Linda Urschel, Ph.D., chair of the english department, that he would no longer be teaching the class.
     
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    WISH TV: Charges filed against former Huntington North teacher, coach: Warrant issued for Donald Cotton's arrest (Nov 15 2013)

    [She #1 says:] According to the probable cause, a woman said she met with Cotton in the Huntington North High School parking lot on August 29, 2013. She claims Cotton tried to kiss her and then began rubbing her leg. He also tried to push the woman's hand towards his penis. The woman said she left the vehicle when Cotton got out of the car to answer his phone.

    [He says:] In an interview with police the next day, Cotton admitted he asked the woman if he could kiss her. He said the woman said no and he then reached over for a hug, accidentally touching her breast. Cotton told police, "It's just one of those things; it happened. I didn't control myself for a few seconds." Cotton also told police he had daughters and a granddaughter and he would be upset if anyone did that to them.

    [She #2 says:] On September 9, 2013, a second woman called the Huntington Police Department dispatch line. She said she heard Cotton was escorted out of Huntington North High School and she wanted to tell police about an incident involving her and Cotton while she was a student at the high school. The woman claims that Cotton was her teacher and coach at HNHS in 2005. She said she was running during cross country practice when she stopped to bend over to breathe. The woman claims Cotton then approached her from behind and started rubbing her back, while pressing his penis towards her backside. She told police she then walked away from Cotton. The woman apparently reported “feeling uncomfortable” to the principal and athletic director at HNHS shortly after the incident happened in 2005. The athletic director confirmed to police that the woman did tell him about the incident. According to the probable cause, Cotton apologized to the woman after the alleged incident and told her “You have to realize, in the mirror I’m an old man, but inside, I’m still a young boy.”

    [He says:] Cotton told police in an interview in October of this year that he thought the woman was hyperventilating and approached her to help. He said he may have inadvertently pressed his penis against her while trying to help her.

    WANE: Charges filed against former Huntington North teacher, coach: Warrant issued for Donald Cotton's arrest (Nov 15 2013)
     
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    The Republic: Former cross country coach at NE Ind. high school charged with sexual battery (Nov 16 2013)

    Huntington County prosecutors charged 68-eight-year-old Donald Cotton on Friday with one count of felony sexual battery and two counts of misdemeanor battery ... His two alleged victims were two women, one of whom told police he fondled her inside his car in the parking lot of Huntington North High School about 25 miles southwest of Fort Wayne.

    WSBT: Ex-high school coach charged with sexual battery: Former cross country coach at NE Ind. high school charged with sexual battery (Nov 16 2013)