Former Ridgeland school coaches sex charges children - WDAM.COM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

Husband and wife, both former Ridgeland school coaches, face child sex charges

Posted: Updated:
Michael and Blair Porter booked into Madison Jail. Source: WLBT Michael and Blair Porter booked into Madison Jail. Source: WLBT
Michael Porter. Source: Madison County Detention Center Michael Porter. Source: Madison County Detention Center
Blair Porter. Source: Madison County Detention Center Blair Porter. Source: Madison County Detention Center
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

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.

Copyright 2014 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

 

  • LOCALLOCALMore>>

  • State auditor's office begins review of Hattiesburg audit

    State auditor's office begins review of Hattiesburg audit

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:46:49 GMT
    The state auditor's office has begun the process of reviewing the city of Hattiesburg's annual audit, according to spokesperson Brett Kittredge. "There were some serious findings, and that's why theyMore >>
    A letter dated July 11to auditor Stacey Pickering from council president Kim Bradley said the independent review was sought "to verify the audit findings and to determine whether the qualified opinions are merited."More >>
  • National Hot Dog Day attracts Hattiesburg customers

    National Hot Dog Day attracts Hattiesburg customers

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:10:07 GMT
    Whether you like yours with chili, relish or just plain, hot dogs are an American staple, and they were celebrated today across the country. National Hot Dog Day is celebrated every July 23. Some hotMore >>
    Whether you like yours with chili, relish or just plain, hot dogs are an American staple, and they were celebrated today across the country.More >>
  • Three indicted for federal program fraud

    Three indicted for federal program fraud

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:53:09 GMT
    This is a news release from the Department of Justice Jackson, Miss - Linda Harvey-Irvin, 62, of Jackson, Donald Walton, 51, of Vicksburg, and Markuntala Croom, 45, of Columbia, Mississippi have beenMore >>
    Jackson, Miss - Linda Harvey-Irvin, 62, of Jackson, Donald Walton, 51, of Vicksburg, and Markuntala Croom, 45, of Columbia, Mississippi have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to embezzle money from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Action Agency ("GCCAA"), an organization that receives more than $10,000 in federal funding each year, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.More >>