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Former Moss Point teacher charged with child porn, sexual battery

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Explicit cell phone pictures and a video investigators said they found in a former Moss Point High School coach's phone led to his arrest Friday. Former PE teacher and boy's basketball coach Micoe Cotton is facing six counts of sexual battery and one count of child pornography.

Moss Point police said it all began a few weeks ago when a Moss Point High School student filed a complaint saying Cotton touched her inappropriately on the butt and rubbed her back. When investigators questioned Cotton about that incident they said they discovered another alleged sexual relationship with a student.

Detective Justin Grafton was called to the stand during the probable cause hearing Friday to testify about the vivid pictures that detail the relationship between the former teacher and student.

"She was fully nude, covering her genitals but exposing her breasts," Grafton said. "There was also a video, video clip, of her performing oral sex and she identified herself in the video and identified the person she was giving oral sex to as Micoe Cotton."

Grafton said a GPS locator on Cotton's phone showed the sexual video was taken at Moss Point High School.

"The student, who was a juvenile at the time and a student at the time, she talked about having sex, oral sex as well as vaginal sex, with Mr. Cotton," Grafton said.

Right now investigators are trying to find out if Cotton was the student's teacher at the time of the relationship, but they do know she was his basketball manager.

"She had actually quit the girls basketball team to become his manager," Grafton said. The prosecutor then asked the detective, "So he was in a supervisory role over her?" Grafton replied, "Yes."

The testimony was enough evidence to convince a Jackson County judge to issue a warrant for Cotton's arrest.

Before setting bond, Cotton's attorney asked for leniency.

"Can he have a reasonable bail, he's worked here in the community six years and has a wife and a child here," Cotton's attorney said.

The judge set bond at $35,000 and ordered Cotton not to have contact with any children under 16, except for his own. Cotton was then arrested and escorted out of the courtroom.

Moss Point Police said the investigation is ongoing they are trying to determine if there were any other victims.

According to Moss Point's School Superintendent, the district took immediate action to remove and suspend Cotton when the allegations were made.

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