Monday 21 May 2018

School basketball coach arrested over allegations she had relations with underage student

The school district said that she was an 'at will' employee

Police reportedly arrested 26-year-old Ann Kuroki Friday night, after a short investigation that began Wednesday
Police reportedly arrested 26-year-old Ann Kuroki Friday night, after a short investigation that began Wednesday

Clark Mindock

A high school basketball coach has been arrested after she allegedly had a sexual relationship with an underage student.

Police reportedly arrested 26-year-old Ann Kuroki Friday night, after a short investigation that began Wednesday.

The authorities launched that investigation after they received a tip that Ms Kuroki had a physical relationship with a male student at the Gooding, Idaho, high school.

Ms Kuroki is now the subject of an internal investigation being conducted by the Gooding School District, which terminated her contract Thursday morning, according to reports.

She had previously worked for the district as a so-called “at will” employee, even though police in the town referred to her as a teacher there.

The 26-year-old reportedly coached the boys junior varsity basketball team while still employed by the district. It was not immediately clear if the student was on the team.

The school board has listed Ms Kuroki’s termination from the employ of the district as an agenda item when that board convenes this week. Ms Kuroki was expected to be arraigned this week as well.

Gooding is a small town southeast of the state capital, Boise, with a population just under 3,500 people, according to the most recent census data.

Ms Kuroki now faces felony sexual battery charges of a child aged 16 or 17 years. It was not immediately clear how old the student victim was, nor how Ms Kuroki and the student came to know one another.

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