A former Hillsborough County teacher and coach has been arrested for the second time facing more allegations of child molestation, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The 33-year-old ex-teacher and former volunteer coach was arrested Wednesday on new charges stemming from a football player who has accused him of sexually abusing him more than 50 times between 2017 and 2021. The former volunteer coach has been released on bail.
The man was initially arrested last month after being accused of inappropriately touching a child and showing pornographic images to the child at the school where he was a teacher.
For the March 24 arrest, he is facing five counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and three counts of selling or distributing obscene material to a minor.
The new charges tacked on are three additional counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of an authority figure soliciting or engaging in lewd conduct with a student.
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