A husband and wife who have been coaches at Ridgeland schools for the past few years are now facing serious criminal charges.
27-year-old Michael L. Porter and, his wife, 26-year-old Blair Elizabeth Porter, of Brandon, each face a charge of sexual battery of a child.
Michael Porter has been released on $25,000 bond and Blair Porter has been released on $5,000 bond. Blair Porter was noticeably pregnant as she left the jail.
At the time of the alleged incident, Michael Porter was the softball coach at Ridgeland High School, and Blair Porter was a teacher at Old Towne Middle School, and assistant softball coach at Ridgeland High School.
The alleged victim was a member of a team coached by Michael Porter.
Their indictment follows an investigation by the Ridgeland Police Department.
According to the police report, a mother reported her 15-year-old daughter was being contacted by the couple after school hours, and that it "went well beyond that of a teacher student relationship."
She also told investigators, believes the inappropriate behavior may have begun when her daughter was a student at Old Towne Middle School.
The police search warrant allowed investigators to see texts between the couple and the student.
They report that some texts included naked pictures and sexually explicit language.
When police talked to the alleged victim, she admitted to a sexual incident that occurred at the couple's home in Brandon, and one that occurred at Ridgeland High School.
The Assistant DA handling the case tells us that the incident at the school happened in the press box.
Language in the indictment suggests Blair Porter arranged the sexual encounters.
The District Attorney's Office tells us that they do not intend to pursue charges in Rankin County because of the possibility of having to subject a minor child to 2 separate trials.
They family said that they agreed with this.
The charges against the couple carry a maximum of 30 years in prison for each of them.
The couple was booked into the Madison County Jail on Friday morning.
We spoke to Madison County Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee who said the couple has been removed from their positions with the schools.
The couple would have to register as sex offenders if convicted.
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