- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - The former coach of the Moss Point High School boys basketball team has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of sexual battery and one count of child exploitation with a student.

Assistant District Attorney Angel Myers is asking to increase bond for 45-year-old Micoe Cotton.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey set a Nov. 24 hearing in the case to determine if Cotton’s bond will be increased from a current total of $35,000. It was set at that level after Cotton was charged and arrested in May on seven counts of sexual battery and one count of child exploitation.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted him on the 14 counts of sexual battery and one count of child exploitation.

Cotton was not in court Monday to respond to the indictments but his attorney, Tanya Hasbrouck, entered his not guilty plea, The Sun Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1wvrY6u ).

The girl in the case was 15 at the time of the first alleged sexual encounter with Cotton. The indictment says the crimes occurred between Aug. 1, 2011, and May 31, 2013.

Cotton was charged with crimes while in a position of authority because he was a coach and teacher in the school system where the girl was a student. After Cotton was arrested in May, a Moss Point police officer testified that investigators found explicit photos and messages on cellphones belonging to Cotton and the girl.

Harkey has set a trial date in the case for Jan. 20. If convicted of all the charges, Cotton could go to prison for life.


Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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