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178813_gMONROE, N.C. April 17 2009 – After weeks of investigations, a Monroe High School basketball coach turned himself in to police and was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a student. Investigators say that he had carried on a sexual relationship with at least one student for several months.

Authorities said that Ollie Shepherd is the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Monroe High and that he has been suspended and could be terminated.

According to Union County Schools, Shepard was suspended with pay on March 13 after a student complaint launched an investigation.

Shepherd started teaching physical education and coaching basketball for the high school in August 2008.

He had been a teacher at Monroe Middle School for seven years prior.

The school administrators did not release any details about the inappropriate conduct or Shepard’s record with the school system.

Police are still investigating and would not say if there are any other victims involved.

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