A former high school basketball coach from Michigan gave a troubling statement on Monday in support of his allegations that he had sexually assaulted many pupils.
In court, Jerremy Thompkins, 43, who was arrested on Monday, was confronted by two of the accused victims, ages 15 and 16.
According to one of the accusers, this past summer, Thompkins, the former basketball coach at Farmington High School, would spend the night at his Detroit home up to five times a week. It was on homecoming night in October when the alleged assault took place.
In his testimony, the other accused victim said that under the pretence of a “mentorship,” Thompkins tricked his parents into having numerous sleepovers at his house.
The teenager testified about two different instances in which Thompkins allegedly grabbed his groyne and thigh during a sleepover.
Authorities claim that although an internal investigation was being conducted at Farmington High School, it was reported to Detroit police, indicating that two additional basketball coaches were aware of the alleged incidents involving the teenagers but chose to take no action.
Authorities say that Thompkins is facing charges of second and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.