Cheerleader coach arrested

Published 12:03 am Friday, January 23, 2009

Authorities say Zachary Riley, who had been contracted to coach cheerleaders at local schools, was booked into the Lamar County Jail on two counts of statutory rape and one count of child molestation.

The 23-year-old Riley, of Sumrall, had taught routines to units at Purvis High and Presbyterian Christian School.

After an investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Bureau of Investigation, Riley was taken into custody on Wednesday.

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Sheriff Danny Rigel said Riley had been placed in his jail because the incident had taken place in Lamar County.