- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GONZALES, La. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies say a Donaldsonville High School teacher and coach is accused of giving steroids to a 16-year-old student athlete.

Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1i0XEqD ) Curtis Tsuruda, 56, served as a physical education teacher and a strength and conditioning coach at the high school since August.

Bacala said detectives with the sheriff’s office began investigating on Friday after receiving information that a coach had given steroids to a student athlete, telling the student the pills were amino acid/protein pills to help him perform better in sports.

During the investigation, deputies say Tsuruda confessed to detectives he knew he had given the student methandienone steroids.

“The coach had been giving the student these pills for a week or two,” with the student believing they were amino acid protein pills, Bacala said.

The student’s parents noticed some mood changes in their child, Bacala said, and found out the coach had given him some pills.

A search of Tsuruda’s home in St. John the Baptist Parish by detectives turned up additional steroids, the sheriff’s office said.

Tsuruda was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on counts of distribution of a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance, distribution to a student, violation of the controlled dangerous substance school zone law and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

It was unclear whether Tsuruda has an attorney.

___

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com