Douglas County High School Coach Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Student

Douglas County High School Coach Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Student
Kerry Wood

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kerry Hood, 47, turned himself in on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, following accusations of sexually assaulting a student. The victim, whose name has not been disclosed, alleged that Hood, the track and field coach at Lithia Springs High School, committed the assaults at the school and other locations, including multiple states.

The accusations came to light when the victim, a former track team member, reported to authorities on May 27, 2024, that Hood had assaulted them during their time at the school. Hood had recently led the girls’ track and field team to victory in the Class 5A Championship earlier last month.

In response to the allegations, the Douglas County School District announced that Hood is no longer employed with the school system. Last season, Hood served as the offensive coordinator for the Lithia Springs football team and was set to start as head coach for the Arabia Mountain football team in DeKalb County for the upcoming season.

The DeKalb County School District released a statement regarding the situation: “DCSD is aware of the matter involving Mr. Kerry Hood. Although not an active employee, Mr. Hood was previously offered the head football coach position at Arabia Mountain High School. DCSD does not intend to proceed with the employment of Mr. Hood.”

Hood has been charged with sexual assault by a person with supervisory/disciplinary authority. The investigation remains ongoing.

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