- Associated Press - Sunday, March 19, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane school officials have suspended a high school football coach as they investigate allegations he exposed himself to players at a camp last summer.

The Spokesman-Review reports (https://bit.ly/2mXrozR ) that Jim Sharkey called the allegations false and denied that the incident took place. The Ferris High School coach vowed to fight the allegations.

After a leadership camp last summer, a football player reported to school officials that Sharkey exposed his penis inside a hot dog bun.

Public documents obtained by the newspaper Friday show a district official wrote in September she was unable to substantiate allegations the coach had exposed himself but gave him a written reprimand for allowing alcohol to be consumed in front of students.

But Sharkey was placed on administrative leave Feb. 1 when more players claimed to have seen the hot dog incident and others students reported questionable behavior by the coach.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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