An assistant girls basketball coach at Dover Area School District was charged with institutional sexual assault after an investigation that started in December.
Northern York County Regional Police said Aignee Nicole Freeland, 23, of York, was charged Wednesday with felony institutional sexual assault and unlawful contact with a minor. She remains in York County Prison unable to post $100,000 cash bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24.
The school district says Freeland was a coach but not a teacher and the district doesn’t condone such actions.
“The community should be aware that once these allegations were made known to the district administration, the coach was removed from her assignment and suspended from participating in school activities,” the district wrote in a statement. “The administration contacted the appropriate local and state authorities and have cooperated in the investigation of these allegations.”
“Furthermore, counseling has been arranged for the students and due to privacy rights afforded the individual, the district nor its representatives cannot release any further details of the matter.”
Defense attorney R.J. Fisher said, “This is a complicated situation” and his office is reviewing the charges.
The charges stem from an investigation that started on Dec. 20 when police were notified by school officials who had learned of inappropriate contact between Freeland and a 16-year-old student and female basketball player.
Police said the district suspended Freeland immediately, and police did a forensic examination of the student’s cellphone. Police discovered that a total of 18 video calls were made and there were numerous text messages.
Police said the student was interviewed at York County Children’s Advocacy Center on Jan. 4, and she said sex acts were involved in the contact. The instances happened at locations in Dover Borough, Dover Township and Manchester Township.
Police said the investigation continues and ask anyone with information to contact them at 717-292-3647.