Ocean Springs Middle School coach accused of sex with student

Grady Brown (Photo source: mspredators.com)
Grady Brown (Photo source: mspredators.com)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs Middle School teacher is under arrest, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Coach Grady Brown, 34, was arrested Thursday at his home in Biloxi. He's charged with four counts of sexual battery of a child.

Brown is the Head Coach for the Ocean Springs High School Greyhounds Wrestling Team, President and Coach of the Coastline Wrestling Academy and the Coastline Predators, and MS State Director for USA Wrestling.

Authorities began their investigation Monday night after receiving a report about a sexual assault involving a teacher and a student. The reporting party said Coach Brown had been having an affair with a female student.

The next day, investigators interviewed several students at the middle school who said they were aware of the relationship. Witnesses said Coach Brown was overheard speaking to the student about having sex with her.

It turns out the Ocean Springs School District had conducted its own investigation into the reported sexual relationship involving Coach Brown and the student back in late February. Officials said Coach Brown had been suspended by the School District for breach of policy involving the same student.

Once investigators learned that the alleged sexual assault occurred within the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's jurisdiction, a joint investigation began.

A search warrant was obtained for Coach Grady Brown's house located on Westwind Drive in Biloxi. Officers collected evidence from the home Wednesday, and returned for a second search on Thursday.

Brown is being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center awaiting an initial appearance.

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