By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Former Pearl River Central High School girls’ basketball coach Leslie Danielle DeWitt was reportedly stabbed Friday afternoon in Necaise, said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.
DeWitt reportedly was at her parent’s home in Necaise. Adam said she was taken to Garden Park Hospital and was undergoing surgery.
“It’s all under investigation,” Adam said when questioned about a possible suspect. “That’s all I know at this time,” he said.
DeWitt was arrested in Pearl River County in June 2013 and charged with touching a child under the age of 18 for lustful purposes.
The crime is alleged to have occurred in May 2012, Pearl River County Deputy Sheriff Shane Tucker said. “The child brought the complaint to the parent, that filed with the Sheriff’s Office.”
DeWitt was a first-year head coach at Pearl River Central when she abruptly resigned in January 2013, which was said to have occurred on a voluntary basis, Pearl River County School District Superintendent Alan Lumpkin said at the time of her resignation.
Prior to coaching at Pearl River Central, DeWitt was an assistant coach at Harrison Central High School for two seasons.
Before leaving to coach at Harrison Central after the 2010-11 school year, DeWitt was an assistant coach for the Lady Hawks basketball team at Hancock High School for several years.
In March 2013, DeWitt was arrested by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office without incident at her home in Perkinston and was charged with three counts of sexual battery while in a position of trust.
DeWitt was booked at the Hancock County Public Safety Complex on Friday, March 15, and her bond was set at $300,000 by Hancock County Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver.
Hancock County’s investigation showed that the alleged misconduct occurred between DeWitt and a 16-year-old female.
The Sea Coast Echo reported at the time of DeWitt’s arrest that the incident allegedly occurred while she was employed at Hancock High School and the victim was a student.