Mike Sammons

Mike Sammons, a math teacher at Boyd County High School, was arrested Monday on charges of third-degree rape.

CANNONSBURG A Boyd County High School mathematics teacher and longtime area football coach has been suspended after his arrest on Monday on sexual charges.

Michael Sammons, 52, of South Shore, was arrested after he was found to be in a relationship with a juvenile student, according to a criminal complaint.

Boyd County Schools Superintendent Brock Walter said the high school received information today that was turned over to the school resource department, which began an investigation. A talk with one of the students led to the arrest, he said.

“At this time the teacher has been suspended and, depending on what the investigation reveals, it will be determined if further action is necessary,” he said. “This is his first year with us but he’s taught for more than 20 years (in the area).”

Sammons was arrested after the investigation alleged he was having an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

He was charged with third-degree rape, a felony, as well as prohibited use of electronic communication systems to procure a minor.

Sammons coached football at Greenup County High School from 2005-2008, going 12-32, but did win two playoff games in 2007. He came to Greenup County after a seven-year stint at Portsmouth West that included finishing as the state runner-up in 2002. He also was a head coach at Portsmouth Notre Dame and has been an assistant coach at schools in the area.

Sammons arrest on sexual charges is the second in the area within the last week. Donald Keith Adkins, a former teacher’s aide and middle school coach in the Russell Independent Schools system, was arrested last Tuesday. He was immediately suspended and then terminated.

Sammons was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. The case remains under investigation by the Boyd County Sheriff's Office.

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