Story by staff reporter Nora Drenner
The Many High School sexual assault case under investigation since late January netted eight arrests and the two basketball coaches have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
According to Louisiana State Police, Delmanique Kerlegon, 18, and Keelan Williams, 17, were both charged with sexual battery and second-degree kidnapping. The bond of each was set at $50,000. Reginald Mitchell, 17, was charged with being an accessary after the fact and his bond was set at $25,000.
The three later posted bail and were remanded to their parents. A condition of the bond is that the three are confined to home unless accompanied by a parent.
The remaining five juveniles were also ultimately released to their parents and must stay at home unless accompanied by a parent.
The investigation and subsequent arrests began in late January with the discovery of a social media video showing the sexual assault of a juvenile. Reportedly, one male student was being held down by male students and sodomized. All the students involved were apparently members of the Many High School basketball team.
Pending the completion of the investigations the team coaches, Ryan Vines and Darrin Dyess, were placed on administrative leave.
Following its investigation, the Louisiana State Police found no wrongdoing on the part of the coaches, and the school board concurred. As a result, both coaches returned to duty in early March.
Also assisting with the investigation were the Many Police and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Sabine Parish School Board cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation.