Sex with a student gets the former Ruckel Middle School football coach to 15 years in prison

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Fort Walton Beach – Former teacher at Ruckel Prep Cannes Arrested in February For having sex with a student, he has not contested the charges and will serve 15 years in prison.

Hayley Morgan Close, 35, who is also going through Hayley HallmarkShe will additionally spend 15 years of probation for sex offenders after she is imprisoned, according to Assistant State Prosecutor Christine Bussau, who filed the case.

Morgan Close agreed to the terms of the deal on Tuesday. Bossau said she will be formally judged on Jan. 18.

The educator and former football coach was originally charged with obscene and lewd battery of a child between the ages of 12 and 16, sexual assault of a minor and engaging in lewd behavior with a student while acting in a position of authority.

Previously: New charges have been filed against a Ruckel Middle School coach accused of having sex with a student

Original story: Ruckel Middle School teacher accused of having sexual relations with a student

New charges of indecent battery and sexual assault of a minor were added in March when it was learned that Morgan Close had a sexual encounter with the victim while the two were attending an event for the Osceola County school dance team.

According to her arrest report, the sexual relationship between the teacher/coach and the student lasted for about three years, from 2017 to 2020. During that time, Morgan Close was coaching the Ruckel dance team as well as the football team.

Bosau said the events that gave rise to the second set of accusations occurred during the same time frame as the sexual encounters in Okalosa County.

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The original arrest report states that the relationship stemmed from text exchanges that occurred when Morgan Close was the Ruckel girl’s soccer coach during the 2017-18 school year.

The victim told Okaloosa County Police investigators that the texting switched to “texting” after she transferred to high school in August 2018. It also became physical around the same time.

The arrest report stated that “several sexual acts” occurred at Ruckel Middle School when the victim, then a high school student, was helping Morgan Close with sports activities on campus.

This article originally appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News: Former Ruckel Middle football coach gets 15 years to have sex with a student

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